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Lionel Messi ready for La Liga restart: “As if we’re starting from scratch again” | Football

With eleven rounds to go, the Spanish top league wants to finish the season – despite the corona pandemic – as is the case in Germany. The Spanish prime minister already gave permission for football to be possible again from 8 June, without an audience.

Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, which has hit Spain very hard, football has not been played since March 10. “I don’t think anyone saw this coming,” Messi writes on the Adidas blog. “People warned us that a pandemic happens every once in a while, but I never thought it would be so bad and the impact would be so great around the world.”

Messi now knows when the Spanish league will start again, if the planning continues, at least. It is as yet living in uncertainty. “We all wonder when we can start again. As a footballer you should always be focused when you get back on the field ”, said the star of Barcelona, ​​who points out that the mental side of sport should not be underestimated in these times. “Of course it differs per player, but some say that football is 40, 50 or maybe 60% mentality. It is very important to me. I see that more and more top athletes are using focus as preparation for a competition. ”

It remains to be seen whether the mental preparation bears fruit. Either way, fans won’t be able to watch it from the stadium. “It will take some getting used to for everyone. I played in an empty stadium at home before, when I thought it was very spooky. Still, it is the only way to finish the competition. ”

FC Barcelona, ​​where Frenkie de Jong is also under contract, was not in the best form for the corona stop. Despite the rough game, the reigning champion is at the top, with two points ahead of arch rival Real Madrid. “Technically it is still the same season, but I think the players and teams will experience it very differently. I feel like we’re starting from scratch again, even if it isn’t. The advantage is that we have some important players back and we have enough time to get fit before everything starts again. ”

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