When you see the news of teams planning their return to training, you know things are looking up and post COVID-19 is in motion.
As the death tolls and the number of cases decrease in some parts of Europe, governments, leagues, and clubs, search for possible solutions to complete the 2019-2020 campaign. In this case, the Spanish La Liga is leading the way and the English Premier League will follow suit.
After being named the epicentre of the Coronavirus pandemic, Spain, Italy, and the UK got hit hard! Besides the U.S taking the lead in the mortality rate and the number of cases, the three aforementioned European counties endured the most difficult period of all.
This inevitably led to all sporting codes being postponed until further notice, with no answers on when or if there would be a conclusion to the current domestic leagues and cup competitions. It was looking bleak with no confidence football would continue. Thankfully, things appear to be on the up now and with each day that passes, the resumption of football is around the corner.
Time healed all and we getting back on track
We now have leagues setting restoration dates and have some clubs back at training. Of the lot, the German Bundesliga is setting the pace with them confirming May 8 to be their restart date.
As per other reports, the Spanish league has different time zones for a return, depending on how well they ease back into normal life (if there is such a thing as normal life). They will be homing on three separate dates.
May 28, June 6 or June 28. As emphasised by all… The leagues cannot be voided and left undone as there is just too much at stake. Leagues are said to run at a loss of £870,000m (€1bn) if they take the simple route. That’s too much money that WHO or any country’s government will not be funding.
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"Spain’s La Liga has outlined plans to resume the 2019/20 season following the coronavirus crisis, which could hand lessons to the Premier League on their own efforts to save the season.The plan, outlined by The Guardian, will see players set for daily coronavirus tests, with the first pencilled in for next Thursday, and there will be three stages to returning to training – individual, small groups and full team.From the second stage of that plan, squads will have to live together in isolation away from their families, while La Liga president Javier Tebas has warned that matches may have to be played behind closed doors until 2021.La Liga’s three scenarios to resume the season have outlined potential return dates on May 28, June 6 or June 28, with La Liga determined to ensure the season is not annulled as it’s stated that would cost around €1bn (£870,000).The plan is for every club to have a full month of training before the matches start, although some clubs are concerned about the plausibility of that plan and it does, of course, all depend on whether the implementation runs smoothly. (Via: The Liverpool Echo)"
Pros and cons to Premier League restart
The big bummer is no fans will be allowed as all games will take place behind closed doors. But any soccer is better than no soccer. That’s the bottom line. Players being tested every day, a great idea to keep the mind at ease about the person next to you.
Them staying away from their families? A tough pill to swallow, but if the players are willing to make the sacrifice, then this shouldn’t be a problem. The plan to have all clubs training for a month before a restart is imperative.
That along with the fact FIFA is allowing teams to make five substitutions per game sounds pretty reasonable. This great news has the week started off in the right mood. Football is coming back soon!