Between doubts and fears of soccer players, technicians and doctors, the second step for the restart of the League in June took place on Monday with the training of the teams in small groups, with a maximum of ten players. According to the LaLiga health protocol agreed with the Higher Sports Council (CSD), with the approval of Health, the First and Second Division teams were able to exercise for the first time in group sessions and, thanks to the ministerial order approved on Saturday by the Government, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético, among others, also had permission to do so.
Although Madrid and Barcelona, as well as part of Castilla y León, are still in phase 0 of de-escalation, the teams from the capital and Barcelona, as well as Valladolid, have already prepared themselves in joint training sessions, respecting the obligatory distance safety during physical exercises. “Confirmation of group practice comes in handy to match all teams. It is very important that everyone has the same possibilities of being the same. It is not essential, but it is very important, and it is appreciated that this is done, “congratulates the president of LaLiga, Javier Tebas, whose wish is the return of the competition on June 12, although he admits that” the ideal date will be the one determined by the health authorities ”.
Despite the optimism of Thebes, reinforced by the successful, albeit strange, cold and prudent, inauguration of the new football behind closed doors in the Bundesliga, there are still several voices that have spoken out against a restart that they consider premature. For fear of possible coronavirus infections and injuries after so long of competitive inactivity.
“In training it is practically impossible for there to be a contagion with all the sanitary measures we have,” insists the president of the club association. However, in addition to Rayo coach Paco Jémez, whose players refused to train on Monday as a protest measure against the ERTE imposed by the club, some professional soccer players have also expressed their concern and complaints about the fact that it can be resumed. the League when security is not 100% guaranteed. «On the 12th we are going to be very fair. I would like it to be later, so that when you take a step you can be sure that you will not go back. The rush is not good, much less in this situation, “warned Paco Jémez this Monday, for whom the ERTE that has caused the refusal of his players to train away from home” is the straw that has filled the glass. ” “We are all very far apart,” laments the coach of the rayista team.
Football every day
The Eibar players and coaches even published a statement expressing their “fear” and “concern” at the restart of the championship “as they were unable to comply with the first recommendation of all experts, physical distancing.” In Second, the Cádiz Fali player was more resounding when he insisted that he would neither train nor play again while there is a risk of contagion, although, after undergoing the coronavirus detection test and giving a negative, this Monday, ten days later than his companions, returned to train with the template of the leader of the category. Fali, who even considered abandoning football, jumped into the training field with a mask and gloves, when the vast majority of professional players work out in their respective club facilities without protection. If anything, some of them, very exceptional cases, train with gloves.
Only the first coaches, Zinedine Zidane and Quique Setién, among others, and the assistants, carry on the training marks. They are forced during the matches exclusively for the substitutes, with the greetings, the hugs and the kisses prohibited, although the weekend in the Bundesliga it was found that it is difficult to forget automatisms and the German Football League (DFL) will not sanction to the players who broke the protocol in the goal celebrations. “Our protocol will be practically the same as in Germany. I am very proud of the Bundesliga, because they have made a significant effort and it is an example to follow “, acknowledges Javier Tebas, who calls for” the sensitivity of the Federation “, so that there is football every day. “It is what I hope. We should not have any problems so that we can play on Mondays in the eleven days that we have left. It is very important that we can give all our national and international operators, to all the fans in the world, the maximum days of football, so that everyone has the least possible damage, ”claims Tebas.