At last La Liga is resuming this Friday in a whole new shape with extra layers of rules and regulations for all the players, coaches, support staffs to adhere by. The league will be kicked off with Sevilla going head to head with Real Betis. There are some major changes in this premium Spanish league, the most prominent of which is the empty stadium. Yes! You aren’t reading it wrong. Due to COVID-19 pandemic the most illustrious part of the sports aka its fans won’t be able to enjoy the matches sitting at a stadium. This was obvious, given to the strict social distancing restrictions imposed upon everywhere around the world, soccer is no exception. Bundesliga is also being played out in a vacant stadium.
Though it is just one of the major rules. Others include no team celebration (though solo movements are allowed), no handshake before or after the match, the visiting team arriving in two buses etc. A total of only 270 people including players, support staffs, medics, media will be allowed inside the closed doors of the stadium. Players will be put under the temperature measurements before entering the stadium. The dressing rooms, subordinate places will be disinfected both pre-match and post-match.
Coming back to the sports side, let’s have a look at the league standings. Barcelona, holding the first spot with 58 points is just a meter ahead of its rival Real Madrid, standing with 56 point. Both the rivals are going to resume their title run on this Sunday, 14th June. Away from the league toppers, Sevilla sits at 3rd place with 47 points. Real Sociedad is in fourth place and Getafe just a place down the line, but tied on 46 points both. All the teams have a tight schedule as the remaining league matches are going to be played over next 39 days consecutively.
Barcelona players will have a new experience when Messi kicks off the ball on Sunday at a completely vacant stadium like Nou Camp, which, on a normal can hold almost 100K people. The defending champions will be going against Mallorca for two points on this Sunday.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, will be trying to beat Eibar on the same day to get past their rival. Los Blancos, will be playing at Alfredo di Stefano Stadium instead of Santiago Barnabeu, 81,000-seater stadium. Zidane’s team, eyeing for the league title will give it all.
Who will be the champion? Who will miss it for one or two points? The fans from all over the world will be sticking their eyes on the screens to get the answer, which will be clear in 30-31 days at least.
All the matches will be live broadcasted on La Liga’s official Facebook page.