Thomas Tuchel will still have to manage absences to summon the group that will host Dijon on Saturday (9 pm), the evening of the awarding of the title of champion of France. But no question this time to look to the infirmary. The eyes must turn rather on the side of the disciplinary commissions! No less than five Paris players are suspended on the occasion of the 37th day of Ligue 1: Neymar, Marquinhos, Verratti, Bernat and Kimpembe! An unprecedented situation for the German coach.
The cases are different. Neymar is undergoing a heavy suspension of three games, including the last two L1 and the next Champions Trophy, because of the blow to face a supporter in the final of the Coupe de France. Marquinhos was ruled out last week in Angers (2-1) and will serve his only firm suspension match. Finally, Verratti, Bernat and Kimpembe are dismissed for accumulating yellow cards in recent weeks.
And if it is the first time of the season that Paris has to manage so many suspensions, indiscipline in the ranks of the PSG is not unpublished. The most obvious example is Kylian Mbappé. The world champion had two direct reds: a first in September in Nimes for having avenged on an opponent, a second in the final of the Coupe de France for a big sole. Suspended seven games in total, the top scorer in Ligue 1 penalized his team and his personal statistics by his lack of calm.
Two other players have accumulated the "rusks". Between them, Verratti and Bernat have received 24 yellow cards, a quarter of the total Parisian squad (98 yellow, 5 red, all competitions in 53 outings). Unsportsmanlike behavior and talk with the referee body are the main reasons for the sanctions. Damaging. In Ligue 1, PSG only points to 8th place in the ranking of fair play! A position similar to that of last season (9th in the final), but far from the standards of the 2016-2017 (3rd) or 2015-2016 (1st) year.
So nervous these Parisians? Yes. Especially when they lose: 11 cards including a red in the three consecutive defeats away in the league in April. An attitude that is not limited to the green rectangle since Tuchel and his deputies have also undergone several suspensions. A defect to correct for the next season. But it starts badly. Neymar, pending the outcome of the call, is already suspended for the first three meetings of the Champions League …