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25-Aug-2020, 05:53 pm

PSG granted request to postpone Lens trip at start of Ligue 1 season

Thomas Tuchel - cropped

Paris Saint-Germain have been granted an extended break before starting their 2020-21 Ligue 1 campaign after their trip to Lens was postponed.

Thomas Tuchel's men played three Champions League games in 12 days in Portugal - where the competition was concluded having been halted in March due to the coronavirus pandemic - and PSG wanted to give their players more time to recover before beginning the new season.

The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) confirmed that PSG's request has been approved by both Lens and local broadcaster Canal +, with the fixture rearranged to Thursday, September 10.

In addition, this weekend's clash between Strasbourg and Nice has been brought forward a day, to the Saturday evening timeslot originally occupied by Lens' home game against PSG.

The Lens fixture, which now comes after the international break,will still be PSG's first match of the new season, and they are due to host rivals Marseille three days later.

Marseille had been setto begin their campaign lastFriday but their trip to Saint-Etienne was postponed after OM confirmed they had four positive COVID-19 cases in their squad.

On Tuesday, Marseille revealed"three new suspected cases of COVID-19 weredetected" and said the LFP had been informed.

Given the LFP's directive that more than three positive cases would likely lead to a postponement, Marseille's trip to Brest this weekend would also appear to now bein doubt.

AndreVillas-Boas' side were namedLigue 1 runners-upwhen the 2019-20 campaign was abandoned in April, with PSG pickingup their third successive crownhaving been 11 points clear at the summit with a game in hand when play was stopped.

The Parisians also won theTrophee des Champions, Coupe de la Ligue andCoupe de France last season to complete a domestic quadruple, while their clash with Bayern last weekend markedthe club's first-ever appearance in a European Cup final.

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