Thomas Tuchel indicated, this Friday, that he still does not know the eleven which will start this Tuesday in Dortmund. And for good reason. Beyond the Neymar case and possible injuries likely to occur this Saturday in Amiens, the Parisian coach is faced with four uncertainties.
Thiago Silva good for service?
The first question and certainly the least complex to solve, concerns Thiago Silva (35 years old). The captain of PSG, resumed competition Wednesday, February 12 in Dijon, after his pain in the pubis which kept him away from the field for seventeen days.
If the Brazilian appeared to have borrowed in his raises and committed unusual faults, the fact remains that he must be able to hold his place at Signal Iduna Park. To this end, he should start on the bench this Saturday in Amiens before entering the match to perfect his automatisms.
Juan Bernat in search of landmarks
Absent from the field since January 12 due to a calf injury, the incumbent in the position of left back found his partners in Dijon. Entering the game in the 61st minute, in place of Thiago Silva, the Spaniard (26) clearly lacks rhythm.
This is why Tuchel has planned to start it at the Unicorn stadium with the aim of completing the 90 minutes if the sensations are good. In the event of a successful test, the former Bayern defender could start in Dortmund. Otherwise, Layvin Kurzawa would take his place on the pitch at kick-off.
The unknown Marquinhos
It is unclear whether the man Tuchel has designated as a “key player” for PSG will be able to start in Germany. Victim of a thigh tear against Reims (3-0), on January 22, Marquinhos (25) has fought against time since that date. Wednesday, the Parisian staff preferred that the defender or midfielder performs two high intensity training rather than playing a few minutes against Dijon. The Brazilian will therefore play at least an hour at Amiens, but it is certain that he will not be 100% against Dortmund.
Will the staff take the risk of launching it in a Champions League match? “It’s a very high level game, physical. So we have to decide how many players we can start with, who may not be 100%, ”says Thomas Tuchel. In case of withdrawal, Marquinhos who should play in the midfield will be replaced by Gueye.
Presnel Kimpembe’s time trial
He is the last injured in the Paris infirmary. Victim of a thigh elongation against Lyon, the French central defender continues his care and has still not returned to the path of training. The 2018 world champion has three days left to get back on his feet. If he succeeds, the pace will not be a problem after eight days off.
“He played a lot so theoretically he can arrive in Dortmund without playing against Amiens, confessed Tuchel after the victory in Dijon (6-1). I hope he can be there, but it’s a little more serious than Marco and Gueye (Editor’s note: preserved against Dijon). The deadline may seem a bit short even if Kimpembe (24) has high hopes and is confident internally.