La Liga clubs return to training 10 teams

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Retrieved 18 May 2020, 17:30 IST

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La Liga clubs have returned with training in groups of 10 players.

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid were among the teams to post pictures from the next episode of the Spanish top flight attempt to return on Monday morning.

After the Laliga coronavirus deviation, players were allowed to start independent work from May 4 as the country began disabling lockdown measures.

Although strict guidelines for Madrid and Catalonia are expected to remain in effect for the next few weeks, the lock is being eased in many other parts of Spain.

And clubs are now able to resume group sessions at their training bases in accordance with official law and protocol.

Initially teams will need to work in groups of more than 10 players but they are not allowed to use the modified facilities and have to arrive individually.

Groups will certainly work on different pitches, or in the opposite half in a very short time.

Laliga confirmed that “all clubs can receive group training regardless of the de-escalation phase in the province in which they are located”. Strict preventive and safety guidelines are effective.

A statement from LaLiga read:

League president Javier Tebas, who is working to reopen the club on June 12, told Movistar’s El Partidazo: “The start of the next season in the La Liga Return to Training protocol is another step towards re-launching the competition.

“It would be good to set all the training routines on an equal footing. It is very important for every club to have the same chance to recover.

“It’s not vital, but it’s very important and we’re glad it was.”

Tebas hopes he can play football every day once he returns to La Liga to finish the season: “I hope so.

“There should be no problem on Monday with the eleven rounds we have to play on Monday. I hope to get some understanding from the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

“It’s crucial for us to give football as long as possible to ensure our national and international broadcasters and fans around the world, as little as possible, are disrupted.”

He also welcomed the return to Bundesliga action over the weekend.

“I am very happy, and I congratulate them because they have taken an important step,” he said.

“We’ve worked hard on this together over the last few months, we talked once or twice a week, exchanged protocols, ideas.

“I’m very proud of the Bundesliga. It wasn’t easy; they got up and ran first and they set an example to follow.”