Neymar and Mbappe May Miss Start of Season – PSG Boss Says

PSG’s new manager Thomas Tuchel has insisted that stars Neymar and Mbappe could miss the start of the 2018/19 campaign, due to their challenging participation at the 2018 World Cup.

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Major tournaments and club seasons should be greater dates apart

Thomas Tuchel – who signed a contract with PSG in May to take over as manager following the sacking of Unai Emeri – stressed lamented that the start of the new campaign comes too close after the 2018 World Cup, online sportsbook news report.

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This doesn’t give enough time to allow players to receive proper rest ahead of the new season, which is why he’s worried that two of his star players – namely Neymar and Mbappe – could likely miss the initial games of the 2018/19 season.

“Everybody loves the World Cup and we all want to watch it, but it has a big impact on the start of our season,” said Tuchel. “There must be a solution to this in World Cup years, that the season must start later than it does. There is no reason for the league to end in May. We can play until June or July of the next year.”

Tuchel says that players need more time to recuperate their energy after participating at major events for their respective countries, no matter how much everyone loves to see their nations perform at a World Cup event.

“Everyone loves the game and we all want to see the best players, but let them rest as they are the guys that are the show – not us coaches. It’s a players’ game and we have to protect them.”

Can Neymar and Mbappe deliver Champions League success to PSG?

The primary reason why PSG bankrolled transfer deals close to €400m last summer on Neymar and Mbappe (the latter was signed permanently this summer after a fruitful loan spell) was to win the biggest trophy of them all – the Champions League.

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Neymar helped Brazil reach the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup, but they were eliminated 2-1 by Belgium. Nonetheless, his form could be jeopardized if he were to start playing for PSG as everyone else.

Mbappe on the other hand went all the way to the final with France, which saw them overcome Croatia 4-2 to be crowned World Cup champions for the second time in their history. On the way to lifting the biggest trophy in football, the teenager found the back of the net 4 times, which only showed what is still to come from him in the future.

Last season, PSG were knocked out in the last 16 of the Champions League by eventual winners Real Madrid – a side that sealed their third successive title and 13th overall. Over two legs, the Parisiens managed to score 2 goals but unfortunately for them the Spaniards put 5 past their net.

Can they make it further this season and even possibly lift the trophy in the final, which will be played at the Wanda Metropolitano – Atletico Madrid’s home ground. Online sportsbooks in France are giving PSG one of the favourite odds to clinch their first-ever European crown, and we’re willing to back them to reach the last four in the competition next season.

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