The 2-0 victory over Sevilla is definitely crucial to getting Barcelona’s season back underway. The sheer boost in morale and the three new points in the table mean the Catalans are still very much alive across the board. But the triumph did not come without any cost.
All three of Pedri, Gerard Pique and Ronald Araujo had to be taken off at one point in the game and needless to say, losing all three would be disastrous. However, even though the latest updates are not perfect, there is some good news in there.
Firstly, let’s start with the bad news though. It seems that Pedri’s injury is unfortunately quite serious. Barcelona officially confirmed as much themselves, saying it’s a muscular issue and those take time to mend. AS came out shortly after, saying they have inside information about the injury and believe the youngster will be out for around three weeks.
If that turns out to be true, he will sadly miss the return leg against Paris Saint-Germain as well as the clash against Sevilla in Copa del Rey. This is without a doubt a huge hit for the Catalans’ aspirations.
But there is good news in the mix as well. As far as Pique is concerned, there is nothing serious going on and he is perfectly fine. The player himself confirmed as much straight after the game against Sevilla, stating: “No, no… I spoke about increasing the workload little by little with the coach because I hadn’t played for three months and we had agreed that 60 minutes would be good for today. I’m proud of the team.”
So despite getting subbed off, Pique is, in fact, healthy and should be ready to continue the season for Barcelona. A similar thing could be said about Araujo, who was the one replacing Geri on the pitch before getting taken off himself shortly after.
According to SPORT‘s update, the Uruguayan centre-back is fit despite limping off the pitch against Sevilla. His substitution was more of a precaution than anything else so we should see Araujo back in action quite soon as well.
Barcelona are finally getting some wind into their sails so it’s a pity to hear about Pedri’s injury. But maybe it was about time the youngster got some proper rest.
We all wish him a speedy recovery.
La Liga chief Javier Tebas talks summer transfers and fan return to stadiums
In a conference held by ADEA Forum (Association of managers and executives of Aragon) in Zaragoza, Javier Tebas spoke on a wide range of topics surrounding La Liga.
Mostly, the La Liga president spoke regarding the league’s bounce back from the pandemic and some potential plans for the league to restore public crowds. He also discussed the losses incurred, the summer transfers, among other things.
The Condition of La Liga
Tebas started the conference by claiming that the situation for the Spanish league is comparatively better than other leagues.
Speaking on this, he said, “The situation is worrying, but not so much. I think that of this pandemic the Spanish League is the one that is going to turn out less badly compared to the others.”
He then spoke about the losses incurred in Spanish football, with the net loss amounting to €1 billion by the 30th of September.
On the losses, Tebas said, “Of this billion, 750 have been financed by banks or investment funds, the latter the majority based in London, and the rest have been done by the clubs pulling their cash.”
Additionally, he mentioned that it was big clubs that were affected stronger than the smaller clubs, due to the huge loss of income from the lack of crowds, among other profitable economic activities that clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona enjoy above others.
A return for crowds to stadiums
When speaking on a return of crowds to stadiums, the La Liga chief seemed tremendously confident in their ability to host crowds as early as tomorrow. He claimed that they would have to run at between 20% to 30% capacity; nonetheless, the Spaniard was confident that teams would be more than capable of hosting crowds very soon.
Speaking on the same, he said, “There is a working group for the return [of fans] to the stadiums. I hope that in the last league games we can see the public in a proportional amount.”
Upcoming transfer window
Speaking on the summer transfer window, the president claimed that there will indeed be a lower amount of transfers as there were in the previous window. Tebas said, “They have already been lower in winter. There may be occasional and exceptional operations, but globally it will decrease. There will be exchanges of players. It’s going to be lower than last year.”
Accordingly, clubs are going to have to dig into their academy reserves more and more as the global and financial situations amend over time.