Messi says pandemic unemployment may benefit Barcelona
BARCELONA: Lionel Messi create the long break caused by the coronavirus The pandemic will be a blessing for Barcelona.
Perhaps this arrest ends up benefiting us, but we will have to see if we are restarting the competitions and then we will know the truth, Messi told the Spanish sports daily Sport on Friday.
The Barcelona and Spain soccer leagues have not played since March 12, when La Liga halted action as the country's outbreak of the COVID-19 virus accelerated. More than 27,000 Spaniards are known to have died from the disease.
Messi did not cite his reason for thinking that the strike would be good for Barcelona, but the return of strike partner Luis Suárez from an injury is surely one, and restarting another.
Another boost could be more rest. Barcelona have suffered major losses in key matches in the Champions League over the past three seasons, including last season's 4-0 debacle at Liverpool in the semi-finals. In those games it seemed that Barcelona was worn out by a long season.
When the game stopped in March, Barcelona led the League by two points over Real Madrid . It was also in the round-of-16 of the Champions League .
However, it has been a difficult season for Barcelona. In addition to public disputes between club officials and players over their inconsistent play, the club also made a rare change in seasonal training when it went off. Ernesto Valverde and replaced him with Quique Setien.
Barcelona struggled to adapt to Setien's style of play, whose emphasis on ball possession and attack was different from Valverde's more balanced approach. Free time could help the team and staff resolve their differences.
"Playing like we did in the matches before play was stopped, we would never win the Champions League ," Messi said. "I have no doubts about my teammates and that we can win it all, but not in the way we had been playing."
The teams have recently returned to practice at club facilities, but they are training individually and undergoing tests to make sure the virus does not spread.
The Spanish league says it wants to play games again on June 12, but that will depend on the public health situation. From now on, Spain is allowing small meetings of only 10 people in some regions.