Tomorrow evening the Champions League is scheduled to return to the Camp Nou. Following their triumph in Turin over Juventus, Barcelona will host Dynamo Kyiv in Catalonia. However, according to the latest updates from Mundo Deportivo, the clash is in danger of being postponed.
Reportedly, the Ukrainian club has nine players suffering from COVID-19 and has arrived in Barcelona with only 13 first-team players, which is the bare minimum UEFA requires clubs to bring for the games to be held in the first place.
Of course, with the PCR teams already in place, everyone will be checked before the clash tomorrow. Should at least one more player from the Kyiv squad test positive, however, UEFA will be forced to postpone the match.
We should know more this afternoon since the tests are scheduled to take place around noon, with the aim of getting the results before the 7pm training session this evening.
The European schedule is, of course, pretty packed but UEFA are confident that there will be a slot available should the worst come to pass. Since it’s still the early stages of the Champions League group stage, there is more leeway in manoeuvring the calendar with the limit being January 28.
Mundo Deportivo also mention that six of the newest infected have indeed trained with the rest of the squad on Sunday, which means there is a big chance more players test positive today.
We can only hope that’s not the case.
David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans
During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.
The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”
Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”
Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.
There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.