Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel said the start of the new domestic season could come too soon for Neymar and Kylian Mbappe after the 5-1 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.
The ex- Dortmund boss has to cope without some players who were involved in the latter stages of the World Cup until next week and saw his PSG lineup outplayed mainly by a full-strength Arsenal side.
“Everybody loves the World Cup, and we all want to watch it, but it has a big impact on the start of our season,” Tuchel, who replaced Unai Emery in May, told reporters.
“There must be a solution to this in World Cup years, that the season must start later than it does. There is no reason for the league to end in May. We can play until June or July of the next year.
“Everyone loves the game, and we all want to see the best players, but let them rest as they are the guys that are the show — not us coaches. It’s a players’ game, and we have to protect them.
“Right now, we are doing that, but it can get complicated during the season and have a big impact. But we want them to be at the World Cup and to play for their country, and they want that as well.”
PSG will confront Atletico Madrid in their second match in Singapore on Monday before a French Super Cup meeting against AS Monaco in Shenzhen next week ahead of the Ligue 1 opener against Caen on Aug. 12.
Caen may not pose a threat against the French Champions, but Tuchel reckons that such teams relished facing the bigger sides soon after a World Cup.
“When I was the coach at Mainz in the Bundesliga, a small club in Germany, we always wanted to play the big teams every two years, right after a major tournament, whether it was a World Cup or European Championships,” he said.
“We were prepared with a full squad, sometimes with six weeks behind us and a full preseason. We were ready to go from the first minute so that strange results can happen at this time of the year.”