The suspension ofthe leaguebecause ofcoronavirusIt has caused a hole in the accounts of football clubs and, although their draft has not been the same for all La Liga teams, what moved in the financial wire have decided to act as Sociedades Annimas Deportivas (SAD) and accept to the legal instrument that allows you to reduce losses. They announced that they would do it FC Barcelona, Espanyol, Alavs and Atlético de Madrid, but later Sevilla joined and so would theValencia. They have all agreed with their players on a salary cut, butrun Ertes to alleviate staff costsnot sporty.
At the beginning of the crisis, Valencia announced that it would not present a regulation file and would guarantee the salaries of its employees. He did so by letter. A month later, the situation has changed and today we will communicate how this measure is applied.
At first, the temporary regulation of employment was linked to the agreement with the first template (whose salaries with the main part of a184 million spending on wages) to downgrade your chips. If they did not accept, the Erte would consider. But the players accepted: they will charge18% less if the League does not resumeand they will only suffer the 9% cut if, as it seems to be foreseen, the last 11 days will be played behind closed doors.
However, this reduction accepted by “players and coaches of the first team and youth team, in addition to thesenior management“Erte has not prevented the rest of the employees” from guaranteeing the economic sustainability of the club in a time of difficulty and uncertainty, “the club explained in a statement, where it is not specified whether” senior management “also applies those same percentages. clipping.
The entity, furthermore, undertakes to make “aincome supplementto a very high percentage of their workers. “
Professional football lacks a manual on how to act in a situation like the one that caused the coronavirus pandemic, just as neither do the rest of the industries and productive sectors of the world. During these last two weeks of confinement, the clubs have been improvising work routines and internal communication protocols with a priority objective: that when everything returns to normal and the competition resumes – if it does this season – the soccer
The Valencia midfielder,Dani Parejo, He admitted that after learning the positive in coronavirus from his partner Jos Luis Gay, with whom he shares friendship and also a room in the concentrations, he thought that he too could have contracted the virus and feared that he had infected his family.
“One day they gave the tests to some players and the next day to the others. On the first one, Jos came out, with whom, in addition to sharing a room, he played a lot with the parchs,” the Valencia captain said in an interview inThe Transistorfrom Onda Cero.
“He was with the fly behind his ear, not for me but for my family. Thank God I gave negative and that leaves you alone, for the family,” added Parejo, who was very happy becausethose infected by the workforce are “asymptomatic”and pointed out that every two or three days everyone gets together and talks by videoconference.“We all get together, we talk oars, we hesitate a little and we had a good time”, he pointed out.
Parejo said that the concern they had increased when they found that they were inMiln, “which was the main focus (in Europe) and then inVitoria, who was the largest in Spain “.
In addition, he regretted that the followers who accompanied them to Italy to the game against Atalanta could catch it. “Seeing the people who moved with such enthusiasm, a journey that is not easy and making a great effort,your soul falls on top of seeing that three thousand and a half people may be affected, infect their families and in the worst case, die “, he pointed out.
Parejo explained that these days he does on the roller “a lot of bike and then on a muscular level a lot of strength”, He also said that the “monkey” that he has on the ball is partly spent playing with his children in the garden.
The midfielder, who has promoted a donation of the staff, the club and the entity’s foundation toCharity House, He was convinced that the world will overcome this bad moment as it did with others of great difficulty.
“In World War II nobody thought that the world was going to get ahead and they did it. Humanity has come out of situations, this is a hard time but among all of us, doing things well, we are going to get ahead with much more force”, signaled.
Regarding the resumption of the competition, he predicted that the break could especially affect those teams “that played and won well” such as Real Sociedad.
“When they decide to play it, I imagine that we will have ten or twelve days ahead and that we will have to adapt to face the final in the best possible way,” he concluded.
Valencia has confirmed, through a public statement, that there are “new positive cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in first-team players and technicians”, although later it has specified that “all are asymptomatic cases and they are in their homes with medical follow-up and with isolation measures, normally carrying out their scheduled work plan.”
The Levantine club has specified that “the latest results show that the inherent exposure to the matches has caused around 35% of positive cases,” referring to the duel that forced UEFA to play in Milan against Atalanta for the League. of Champions. Ezequiel Garay, the Argentine defender, was the first player in the Spanish League to test positive for the Covid-19.
Valencia has not wanted to give names of the players or technicians who have contracted this disease. But he did want to remember that “he is taking advantage of this new highly contagious virus test to insist that the population stay at home and strictly follow all the hygiene and prevention measures already published.”
Valencia was the first team in the League to adopt measures against the coronavirus but that has not prevented it from being the first in which it has spread throughout its wardrobe.. The Mestalla entity has announced that five members of its first staff have tested positive for coronavirus and he suspects that the number will grow in the next few hours.
The entity has not revealed the name of the positives but some of those involved have, such as the central Ezequiel Garay, who this Sunday was the first player in the Spanish League to announce his contagion. “It is clear that I started it with a bad leg,” admitted the central in a message on social networks in which he poses with a smile and thumb raised.
In addition to the Argentine teammates José Luis Gayà and Eliaquim Mangala, the team’s delegate and former player Paco Camarara and Juan Aliada one of the doctors have also tested positive.
Measures and risks
The club decided more than two weeks ago to suspend its press conferences and any public act except matches. He did so after one of the journalists who accompanied him to Milan for their Champions League match against Atalanta became one of the first positives in Spain.
After that visit, Valencia received the team from northern Italy last week and did so in a match that was finally played behind closed doors as a measure against the expansion of COVID 19. But in addition to those two matches, the Mestalla team also He has played in recent weeks against Alavés in Vitoria, one of the most important centers in Spain.
Last Friday, the club indefinitely suspended training and sent players home with a personalized training and nutritional plan.
Garay, good face
In the case of Garay, he had to undergo surgery in early February for a serious knee injury, which on the other hand has prevented him from having contact with rival teams in recent weeks and has minimized the one he has had with his teammates but you have not completely avoided it. In fact, he went to Mestalla to witness the second leg of the Champions League against Atalanta. Despite everything, the Argentine has taken it well.
“I have tested positive for the coronavirus, I feel very well and now it only remains to pay attention to the health authorities,” said the Valencian player, who has assumed that it is his turn to “be at home”.
Also a player from Elche
The case of a second infected player, in this case from Elche, of Second A, has also been known. This is the Brazilian striker Jonathas, who tested positive on Saturday after showing symptoms of fever and respiratory problems.
The Elche C.F. has confirmed the situation through a statement in which it states that “a player from our first team has tested positive after the COVID-19 tests. The club launched all the measures and recommendations that the health authorities last week have been established and have been carried out responsibly by all members of the club. “
“From this moment,” the statement continues, “a recommendation has been made that all club staff (staff, technical staff and employees) remain in quarantine at their homes for 15 days.”
It’s not just Dortmund-Paris-SG in life: a real entry into the competition for European behemoths – Paris-SG but also Barcelona, Real Madrid, English clubs – in the queen competition, the round of 16 the Champions League mark the gateway to matches of a stratospheric level, rich in adventures and reversals of situations. Overview of the other games of the week.
Atlético Madrid – Liverpool FC (Tuesday, 9 p.m.)
It would be nice if Atlético Madrid won because … Atlético Madrid is stuck in the simplest cliché: a team complicated to face and anti-good game in its most elaborate version. Namely, love-killing and pragmatism flirting with the accordion bus technique – defense first. The sworn enemy of football and gourmet mirettes. Diego Simeone, Madrid’s coach, single-handedly recounts the slide into this dark box. Five or six years ago, the Argentinian, who arrived on the Madrid bench in 2011, was still the genius of Europe. The one who turned lambs into wolves. Who made his players run 90 minutes, which gave the impression of being able to investigate 180 without problem and if necessary, 270 – with a smile to their ears. There, he is portrayed as good without more and disbelieving: if we trust the ambient rumor, he is the exact opposite of the religion of the moment, Liverpool, the model – his players also ride, but better.
The scenario would like that the Simeone cycle, coach as smooth as brilliant, who spent a life of player to be vomited before the games to maintain his grinta, ends as the stereotype adores: an exit in eighth and an end of championship d ‘Spain (Atlético is at the foot of the podium) is struggling. Then a resignation or a dismissal. Then a debate on a talk show to imply that the guy and his philosophy are dead and buried. May the picture go to hell! The Matelassiers disrupted and broke the alternation (Barça and Real Madrid) so exhausting in Spain (a title in 2014) and failed to sit on the roof of Europe twice (2014 and 2016). The Atlético has ten years of sabotage of big, medium and small clubs in the legs. We are right in what makes this striped jersey team dangerous: the habit of big battles, patience and mischief.
Except that Liverpool will qualify because … The club of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané is European champion. The mojo is lost, it’s true. But rarely in eighthfinal.
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Atalanta Bergamo – FC Valencia (Wednesday, 9 p.m.)
It would be nice if Bergamo won because … Ephemeral coach of Inter Milan in 2011 (five competitive games, four defeats), Gian Piero Gasperini is the man of a revolution in Italy since 2013 that he coaches Atalanta Bergamo: it matters what the Transalpine call with a touch of distrust the “continental game”, that is to say a different rhythm, superior to the ordinary of Calcio. This is the story of the biggest dwarf in the world (a normal type, therefore) of the Monthy Pythons: Luis Muriel and others do not play at the supersonic speed of a Liverpool or a Manchester City, but on a scale Italian, Bergamo is a textbook case, which earned Gasperini to be elected best coach of Calcio at the end of the 2018-2019 season. Who says rhythm says risk-taking, loss of balls, defenders having to manage in one against one against opposing attackers: in the realm of placed play and defensive systems belts and suspenders, it is not nothing.
Except that Valencia will qualify because … The force of habit, the superior technical skill (Rodrigo, Daniel Parejo), this hardness in the effort that inhabits the top Spanish player – Valencia is 6e de Liga – and a slow rise that saw them destroy FC Barcelona (2-0) three weeks ago, playing three times faster than the Catalans that day. The wind blew at the start of the season when the Singaporean owner dismissed coach Marcelino Garcia Toral, fresh winner of the King’s Cup, for sporting differences: he had the full support of both players and supporters. Former international player who passed through Bordeaux and coach in the Spanish youth teams (-16 years old, -17, Hopes), Albert Celades took the time to slip into his shoes and things got back to normal, with victories at Chelsea or Amsterdam during the round of pool. It’s as if the deep quality of the team speaks no matter who the coach is.
Tottenham Hotspur – RB Leipzig (Wednesday, 9 p.m.)
It would be nice if Leipzig wins because … Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann is both a fool and a symbol. Bad because his teams attack like beatniks, in flip flops, in all weathers and on all terrains, whatever the balance of power, and too bad if striker Timo Werner (supposedly the star) is what the English commonly called a “rabbit killer”, unable to score against strong teams. A symbol because German football has the wind in its back, embodying a kind of daring modernity that flourished until Paris-SG (Thomas Tuchel, ex from Dortmund) and Liverpool (Jürgen Klopp, ex from Dortmund too). This winter, Nagelsmann admitted to having been approached by Real Madrid… two years ago. To succeed Zinedine Zidane. At 32 years old. It’s very simple: at its best (or worst), Leipzig seems to be playing to play, forgetting to make it happen on the scoreboard as if by distraction. “It’s starting to be enough”, thundered Nagelsmann after a 2-2 victory in Lyon in December when his team should have won 5-0. In the meantime: it’s funny.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Portuguese coach José Mourinho before the match against Aston Villa in Birmingham on February 16. Photo Justin Tallis. AFP
Except that Tottenham will qualify because … The last finalists in the Champions League are indestructible and there is a vague feeling that they did not finish their work, which consisted last spring of leaving the formations (Ajax, Manchester City) much better armed. Hugo Lloris is back for these knockout stages, it’s good and it’s time to remember that the captain of the world champions had been the best player of his formation in the Champions League last season, the striker Harry Kane (injured last year) having the stature of the one who will permanently mark the competition. Trained by Mauro Pochettino yesterday or by José Mourinho today, we feel the Spurs harder, more winning than their opponents in these eighths. Mourinho knows the Champions League like the mouse behind a Swiss cheese. Leipzig has time. Not the Soft. If we talk about football, it is clear that Tottenham will suffer. But if we talk about sport, that is to say mental, we bet on them.