LIGUE 1 - Pochettino on manic schedule and losing South American stars
Despite the absence of Lionel Messi, Neymar, and a slew of other South American stars for Paris Saint-Germain this weekend, Kylian Mbappe, who starred for France in their victorious UEFA Nations League campaign, will take center stage.
Messi, Leandro Paredes, and Angel Di Maria are all with Argentina for their 2022 World Cup qualifier against Peru, which was scheduled to begin early Friday morning, French time.
Neymar and Marquinhos have been with Brazil, who are playing Uruguay in a World Cup qualifying match at the same time.
PSG is one of several clubs having to prepare for matches this weekend without their South American players, who will not be able to return in time due to the third round of South American World Cup qualifiers being held so close together.
"The different federations and FIFA all need to come together so that this type of situation doesn't happen again," said PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino when asked about the manic schedule facing his players.