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Odd: While the Chinese kickers extended their training camp in Spain after the first cases of infection were reported in the metropolis of Wuhan, the home is now considered much safer. “The problem is here now,” said Spanish club coach José González shortly before departure. While the situation in China has eased, Spain, after Italy, is the most affected country in Europe by the pandemic.
According to the original plans, Wuhan Zall only wanted to train and play in Spain between late January and mid-February. For fear of the Sars-CoV-2 virus and the indefinite suspension of the Chinese Superleague, they had stayed longer in Sotogrande around 120 kilometers southwest of Málaga.
Meanwhile, the Italian Fabio Cannavaro, head coach of the Chinese first division club Guangzhou Evergrande, has returned to China after a break of several weeks as a result of the coronavirus epidemic to resume training at his club. However, he must first undergo a two-week quarantine, after which he can go back to the training ground himself. “China is on the way to eradicate the virus. The authorities are very strict so that it does not come back from abroad. Because now Europe is the center of the epidemic, ”said the former defender in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.
After two months of rigorous measures, China is on the way to normal. “This is a positive message for the rest of the world. You can eradicate the virus, but you need rigor and good organization. You have to admire the Chinese people. 1.4 billion people understood how to behave in order to save themselves, ”said the 46-year-old, who had won the World Cup in 2006 in Berlin.
When the Wuhan epidemic broke out in January, Cannavaro was in China. He was tested again and again. “It was not easy to fight such a monster because this pandemic is a precedent,” said Cannavaro. The community spirit, the fundamental values of life had won, “great sacrifices were made. The teaching is now clear to the world. We understood it well in Italy and we are on the right track. The behavior of the majority is positive, ”said the soccer teacher.
The virus does not stop at the sports world either. Some professional footballers have been infected. “The virus endangers everyone,” warned the trainer. China is now thinking of changing the schedule, the championship is expected to restart in May, according to Cannavaro. “This break should help to improve the format of the championships. I hope that this will also happen in Italy. The Chinese game calendar will probably adapt to the European one. That would be smart, ”said Cannavaro.
Because of his Italian origin, he was often strictly controlled when traveling. “In Dubai I was treated as if I had the plague. I always replied that I made three cuts and always tested negative. But in the end I say: the most important thing is that we overcome this situation, ”emphasized Cannavaro.