Risk of burnout? Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane set to play 70th match of season

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Chelsea v Liverpool – Emirates FA Cup Final – Wembley Stadium
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Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are each acceptable to play successful their 70th lucifer of the play successful Saturday’s Champions League final, arsenic 2 caller surveys item the hazard of excessive workload connected players’ intelligence and carnal health.

Almost 90 per cent of high-performance coaches surveyed by satellite players’ national FIFPRO said players should beryllium progressive successful nary much than 55 matches per play – a people Salah and Mane person already good exceeded for nine and country.

The brace person besides racked up immense aerial miles, with Mane clocking up 94,000 betwixt August past twelvemonth and Sunday, chiefly successful representing Senegal, portion Salah’s mileage is 86,000.

A examination  of games and minutes played by selected Liverpool and Real Madrid players up  of Saturday's Champions League final

A examination of games and minutes played by selected Liverpool and Real Madrid players up of Saturday’s Champions League last (PA Graphic)

The information from FIFPRO and Football Benchmark connected Liverpool’s African duo besides recovered that 60 per cent of the games they played successful were successful the ‘critical zone’ – 2 appearances of astatine slightest 45 minutes with little than 5 wide days successful between.

Cumulative vulnerability to minutes successful the captious portion tin person a detrimental interaction connected a player’s health, show and vocation longevity, FIFPRO argues. It has called for a bounds to the fig of specified back-to-back matches a subordinate tin diagnostic successful earlier a interruption is mandated.

FIFPRO’s Player Workload Monitoring (PWM) level recovered that successful 2020-21 Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric played successful 24 consecutive games successful the captious zone.

Real Madrid’s Luka Modric played successful  24 matches successful  a enactment      past  play   wherever  determination   was little  than a five-day spread  betwixt  each   game

Real Madrid’s Luka Modric played successful 24 matches successful a enactment past play wherever determination was little than a five-day spread betwixt each crippled (John Walton/PA)

Eighty 7 per cent of 1,055 players the national surveyed successful the last 3 months of 2021 supported the thought of a bounds connected ‘critical zone’ matches, with a bulk (51.5 per cent) saying a interruption should beryllium mandated aft 3 specified games.

Fifty 4 per cent of players said they had suffered an wounded owed to excessive workload, portion 82 per cent of coaches successful a abstracted survey said they observed intelligence wellness issues with players owed to docket overload.

Less than a 4th (22 per cent) of players consciousness their dependable is respected successful decisions concerning the shot calendar, with the caput of the English national Maheta Molango telling the PA quality bureau earlier this period determination had been “zero consultation” with players implicit the determination to importantly summation the fig of matches successful the Champions League from 2024.

More than 3 quarters (76 per cent) of players supported the thought of further regularisation to support off-season breaks. Coaches favoured astatine slightest a four-week interruption betwixt campaigns, positive a six-week pre-season.

A ample bulk (73.1 per cent) of players besides said determination was not a precocious level of collaboration betwixt their nine and nationalist squad coaches erstwhile it came to managing workload.

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