PSG-Manchester City: physical freshness, an asset for Parisians?

The semi-final first leg of the Champions League between PSG and Manchester City (this Wednesday at 9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1) will be unbalanced in terms of playing time. Many of the English club’s players have already accumulated more than 3,000 minutes this season, while several Parisian executives are below 2,500 minutes.

More legs or more tired? Manchester City is in the semi-finals of the Champions League with players who have accumulated playing time much longer than those of Paris Saint-Germain (this Wednesday evening 9 p.m., exclusively on RMC Sport 1). When eleven players from the English club happily exceed 3,000 minutes, also counting the matches in selection, only four exceed this threshold within the club of the capital.

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This season, Manchester City have already played 53 games. Ruben Dias (3,792 minutes) is the player who was used the most by Pep Guardiola. He is followed by Ederson (3,690 min) and Rodri (3,506). The fourth most used man by the Spanish coach is Riyad Mahrez (3.021). This shows a fairly large gap between the top three and the rest of the workforce.

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77 hours for Dias, 33 for Neymar

But by adding up the appearances for the national team, the numbers explode for the entire workforce. Ruben Dias thus goes from 3,792 to 4,646 minutes (56 games, 77.4 hours). This is the biggest total of all the players entered in the semi-finals of the competition. As for Rodri, his record goes to 3,973 minutes. In the end, the eleven players who have exceeded 50 hours on the lawns are: Dias, Rodri, Ederson, Cancelo, Sterling, Gündogan, Walker, Silva, Mahrez, Foden, De Bruyne. It is almost the typical Manchester City team in the final phase of the C1.

At PSG, Kylian Mbappé dominates the standings with 3.816 minutes (including the Blues). He is far ahead of Keylor Navas (3,420 min), Presnel Kimpembe (3,405 min) and Moise Kean (3,327 min). All the rest of the workforce is under 3,000 minutes. There are even only four players over 2,500 minutes (Florenzi, Marquinhos, Danilo, Paredes). Executives like Di Maria and Verratti are just below.

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Above all, Neymar, often embarrassed by physical conditions or suspensions, is preparing to play this semi-final first leg with only 1,959 minutes (24 games) on the clock. Barely 33 hours of play since the start of the season. At least the freshness will be there.

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