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Do mid-week European matches influence European teams’ performance in their domestic league? A 20-year study

27 October 2022

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Do mid-week European matches influence European teams’ performance in their domestic league? A 20-year study

Buchheit M, Settembre M, Hader K, Tarascon A, McHugh D & Verheijen R. Do mid-week European matches influence European teams’ performance in their domestic league? A 20-year study. Sport Perf & Science Reports, Oct 22, 175, v1.

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When I was with PSG back in 2015, ever since our surprising loss (3-2) in Ligue 1 vs. Bordeaux—one of only three matches lost of the season—the possibility that congested fixtures may have been a factor in our loss has plagued me: did the fact that we only had four days rest between our preceding winning game against Chelsea affect our performance in our match against Bordeaux? In a normal context, PSG would not have lost against Bordeaux.

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