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An atypical preseason for Barça: neither tournaments nor tours

Published:12/09/2020 - 18:09h

Updated:12/09/2020 - 19:41h

The current Covid-19 pandemic has forced a change from top to bottom in the preseason that Barça had prepared. There will be no international tournaments or tours.

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The 2020 has been a year complicated for the sport, as for absolutely any field. The pandemia caused by the coronavirus forced to a confinement that has left a lot of sequelas in this 'new normality'. The aim of the Spanish football is to adapt to the new situation prioritising the minimise damages, but follow showing level and competition.

In the case of the Barça, before the pandemia, already existed a delicate problem with the economy of the club. In case it was little, now it will have to lidiar with the economic problems derived of the sanitary crisis. Regarding the pre-season, finish turn them and the trips to United States or to Japan, until further orders.

Not even it is an option a nearer destination. It has not valued the possibility to make a stage of pre-season in Holland, as it did Johan Cruyff in his period like trainer does already some decades or perhaps in London, where concentrated the team directed by Luis Enrique during some days in 2014.

The situation that live is delicate and the social responsibility has to imperar in front of any another concept. For the moment, the Barça will have to conform with following training in the Ciutat Esportiva of Sant Joan Despí and contest friendly against teams of the zone, as the one who will contest today in the Estadi Johan Cruyff in front of the Nàstic of Tarragona.

A set up by phases

The Dutch technician no only has will have to manage a staff that, with security, will not be definite until the same 5 October, when it close the market of signings, but besides it has had to prepare the pre-season of the players to measure that these went arriving.

Some footballers advanced his start of pre-season like Aleñá or Busquets, among others; many had international commitments with the selection like Ansu Fati, Trincao or Griezmann. Afterwards it is the 'Case Messi' that delayed the arrival of the Argentinian to the terrains of game. Finally, have the incorporation to account drops of those players that have suffered coronavirus like Pjanic, Umtiti or Todibo.

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