PSG STARS AR­RIVE IN QATAR FOR WIN­TER CAMP

PSG fans in Qatar can watch their stars train to­mor­row from 5pm at the Khal­ifa In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium

Gulf Times Sport - - FOOTBALL - By Sports Re­porter

Adel­e­ga­tion from Paris Sain­tGer­main, made up of all the first team play­ers plus the club’s busi­ness man­agers, ar­rived in Doha last night to take part in the tra­di­tional win­ter tour in Qatar.

Over four days, the Ligue 1 cham­pi­ons will make most of the out­stand­ing train­ing fa­cil­i­ties at the As­pire Zone. The first-team squad, boast­ing of global su­per­stars like Ney­mar, Kylian Mbappe and Edi­son Ca­vani, will also take part in pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties with main spon­sor QNB.

PSG fans in Qatar will be given a unique chance to get close to their he­roes, with an open train­ing ses­sion to be held to­mor­row from 5pm at the Khal­ifa In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium, one of the 2022 FIFA World Cup venues.

This tour will also be an op­por­tu­nity to in­au­gu­rate the brand new Paris Saint-Ger­main Academy in Doha, which will be run year-round on the pitches of the Qatar Foun­da­tion.

PSG are com­ing to Doha after 3-0 win at Amiens on Satur­day, which gave them a com­mand­ing 13 points lead at the Ligue 1 sum­mit. PSG had seen their bid for a sixth straight League Cup ti­tle ended in mid­week by strug­gling Guingamp at the Parc des Princes, but were too strong for a dogged Amiens.

The reign­ing French cham­pi­ons re­main un­beaten after 18 games of the league sea­son, and sit 13 points ahead of sec­ond-placed Lille, with two games in hand.

Coach Thomas Tuchel left Ney­mar out of the squad for the trip to the Stade de la Li­corne to rest a sore knee, but the Brazil­ian is ex­pected to train in Doha. “He had pain in his knee and couldn’t feel free in his move­ments,” said Tuchel on Satur­day. “He’s been with us since Jan­uary 4. He’s played two games. It was too risky (to play), it’s more im­por­tant that he’s not hurt and he can do a week (train­ing) with us in Doha.”

Since 2012, the Qatar Na­tional Tourism Coun­cil (QNTC) and Paris Sain­tGer­main have formed a strate­gic part­ner­ship to pro­mote sports and leisure tourism in Qatar.

QNTC has or­gan­ised sev­eral tours for Paris Saint-Ger­main’s teams, in­clud­ing the 2014 and 2015 Qatar Hand­ball Tour, the 2015 Qatar Ladies Tour and the 2013 and 2015 Qatar Tour.

Ar­gen­tine mid­fielder An­gel Di María (left) and Ital­ian goal­keep­ing leg­end Gi­an­luigi Buf­fon were in much de­mand for pic­tures.

Noushad Thekkayil

PSG’s Brazil­ian su­per­star Ney­mar poses for a selfie with fans in Doha yes­ter­day. PIC­TURES:

(AFP)

Paris Saint-Ger­main’s Ju­lian Draxler (left) and Kylian Mbappe ar­rive yes­ter­day in Doha to take part in the win­ter train­ing camp at As­pire Academy.

Edin­son Ca­vani is all smiles as he checks into Al Az­iziyah Bou­tique Ho­tel.

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