Sometimes clubs struggle to find the balance between playing glamour friendlies and resting players for the long season ahead. Well, Paris Saint-Germain are paying the price for making a poor decision this week.
The French champions kicked off their league season with a 2-2 draw away at Stade de Reims. Brazilian captain Thiago Silva had only trained twice with the first-team since his return from Brazil, but then played the full 90 minutes in PSG’s opening game.
It was then a huge surprise when the centre-back lined-up on Monday night in PSG’s friendly game against Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo.
The game was part of the deal that saw Ezequiel Lavezzi move to France two years’ ago, it had originally been planned for the year previously, but fixture commitments meant it was delayed.
Playing a friendly with just two days’ rest, just after the start of the season is a bizarre decision from the Parisians, and now they will pay the price.
Thiago Silva had to come off after just 13 minutes after trying a back heel in his own area. He suddenly pulled up and had to hobble off the pitch.
He was later seen being helped off the bench by two members of the PSG coaching staff, with a huge bandage strapped to his right thigh. Laurent Blanc’s decision to want to play his €95 million centre-back pairing of Silva and David Luiz could now see PSG have to go without their captain for at least a month.
L’Equipe report that there has been no tear to the thigh muscle, so it will hopefully not be longer than the four weeks quoted and they also question Blanc’s decision to play Silva from the start.
Silva missed a few games last season with a very similar injury, one of which came after he returned to the PSG side after the Confederations Cup during last summer. It looks like he was rushed back to the team then, and Blanc has once again made the same mistake this season.
Now Silva has to be given the time to rest and recover properly. PSG can’t afford to bring him back until he is 100%, if the pattern continues, they could do long-term damage to the world’s best defender, and that would all but rule out any chance of winning the Champions League.
Will PSG suffer without captain Thiago Silva?