Until the end, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
After a long six weeks of hibernation, the spring is breaking smoothly and Spanish society is slowly beginning to open up. Last weekend, the kids were finally allowed to play outside the house.
On Saturday, the adults will be able to go out on their own. And Monday, La Liga Footballers will return to training on a limited, individual basis.
The roadmap is becoming clearer towards the end of the tantalizing puzzled season. And let’s hope those plans work, because the remaining 11 match-days will have a lot to enjoy: Barcelona and Real Madrid are separated by just one point at the top of the table; Five teams have five points from their place in the Champions League; 15th place apart from 19th place in scrap to avoid kid.
There’s a lot to play for, and yet the unpredictable nature of the season – which saw the top two drop points against 13 different teams – should ensure plenty of excitement and drama during June and July, all right.
But what kind of teams will be in shape? Will they be ready to compete in their season after such a strange and unexpected interval?
Considering the restrictions they are facing, is there enough time to prepare properly before the action begins?
Okay, perhaps this is an overly optimistic outlook, but it is reasonably simple that players should generally be in a better position than they are after the start of the new season in mid-August. For this reason.
A typical summer for top-flight footballers isn’t really anything summer.
Usually the previous season ended at the end of May, probably to reach the Champions League final in June. Then, every other year, most players from elite competitions like La Liga will go down to an international tournament, keeping them effective throughout June and in the first weeks of July.
After that, there is a brief opportunity for a vacation – perhaps a few weeks on the beaches of Ibiza or the Caribbean, although family gatherings and business commitments are usually cut during that break.
Then, in late July, with the start of pre-season training, it’s already time for players to return to duty, often still carrying the same injuries they suffered at the end of the previous season, even tying up new physical issues during the summer.
Even pre-season training programs, perhaps while carefully planning ahead for the challenges ahead, are an annoyingly disruptive time, with the majority of giant clubs now jetting across the continent to meet their obligations for most of their time profitably with summer tours.
In preparation for nine months, the 50-plus game slug, far from a traditional themed pre-season norm.
Now? For the first time in their careers, the players have been spending the last six weeks sitting at home, in real rest.
No translatlanic flights for overblown exhibition games, no trips to television studios, no photoshoots to promote ‘Brand Ambassador’. Just like, we sit at home like everyone else and spend time with family.
During the lockdown, players were given a rare luxurious time to heal from the inevitable pain and suffering their bodies created up to a .tut. Swallowed hamstrings, tight calves, annoying shoulders … they’ve got players to listen to their bodies and instead of following their own training schedule in the gym or garden they’ve faded instead of relentless and rigorous grind they play, train and take a loop trip.
Coming back from that extended period of rest to play 11 games over the months? It should be a walk in the park.
There is another group who should especially benefit from the unusual situation surrounding the upcoming resume: Coach.
At the start of the conventional season, coaches and managers face all the disruptive intrusions described above, another even greater source of frustration: the transfer market. Squad planning work has declined in terms of estimates, depending on whether the season starts, or whether the window is finally closed.
Who can leave, who can come, which agent will push for salary increase, which players will come back dissatisfied with their leave, which youth team players will demand promotion in senior squad… From June to August the formation of a squad will be complicated piece by piece. Pieces Pieces Pieces Pieces Pieces Pieces Pieces Pieces Pieces Pieces Pieces Pieces Pieces Pieces Pieces Pieces Pieces Or broken into pieces, pieces, pieces, pieces, pieces, pieces, pieces, pieces, pieces, pieces, pieces, pieces, pieces, pieces, pieces, pieces.
Even when the identity of the playing squad is decided, the unification of the summer signatures is needed to start a season as new teams of players become accustomed to each other’s strengths and weaknesses and coaches begin to determine how they can work together effectively.
This process is not always quick and it can often lead teams to find their shape and establish a game pattern that works for several competitive games.
Now that ‘pre-season’ is coming, however, none of the concerns apply. Coaches have the unique opportunity to start anew with players from exactly the same group – even better, they’ve been able to spend the last two months reviewing videos from their team’s recent games, how to improve errors and maximize qualities after the start of the season. Safe in the knowledge that the make-up of the team will be no different.
Quick Setien, for example, will be able to store in detail the details of his first dozen games as manager of Barcelona, which is usually never possible. Some of his ideas have worked well, while others have worked effectively.
The usual routine from March to May does not allow any coach to sit back, take stock and make a serious analysis of these strengths and weaknesses, like Setin, but he has been spending the last few weeks in this way.
Zinedine Zidane can calmly consider exactly what went wrong in Real Madrid’s last game, as they lost 2-1 to Real Betis, and the conference called on his coaching staff to explore ideas before reaching informed and meaningful conclusions.
Unlike the average pre-season, if a team re-enters action for the remaining 11 games in an unresolved state, only they will be blamed.
It all sounds great: rested and fit players are joining forces with strategically prepared coaches. The perfect scene for a thrilling ending to the campaign.
However, it will not take long for all these optimistic plans to sink to the ground and the season to sink into the irreplaceable delay of this period.
Wisely and inevitably Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has made it clear that the removal of the country’s sanctions will not follow a set schedule and will instead be driven by the level of infection.
It is quite possible that the impending reopening of society will result in a second wave of lawsuits, with an indefinite delay in clearly and properly returning to normalcy – including the staging of sports competitions.
Probably a factor as to why they’re doing so poorly in La Liga with 500 players and hundreds of support staff in two months. For the whole surely tuti collapse it must test one player of a team for a positive test.
Presumably, for example, Iber, who fell ill with his left-back coat and was found to be suffering from Covid-19, would have to enter into an immediate separation of all the contacts he had had for weeks – including each member of Iber’s staff and their recent opponents.
Turns out, the staff members from each team they’ve played for several weeks – considering the fairly crowded schedule – could quickly spread out half of the league.
The inability of a team to finish the season due to an isolated infection means that neither team can finish the season, and the virus is not eliminated simply because it exists, it cannot be eradicated, the expectation is very high that La Liga can have 110 outstanding Fixtures are completely virus free for a long enough time.
So, the future looks brighter and the return scheduled for next week’s training is very good news, but there is a lot of potential for the dark clouds to gather quickly. We can only cross our fingers and hope that the light at the end of the tunnel will not prove to be the front part of the incoming train.
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