Atlético de Madrid
is one of the teams that are having the most problems due to the health crisis generated by the Covid-19. Not only because of the economic losses generated by the issue, more than 100 million euros only in ticket sales, merchandising, etc. but also, it has also been affected in the sporting dynamics itself.
He Athletic it has already been affected by several positives in recent months. The last, the most striking for the importance of the role, that of
Diego Pablo Simeone, coach of Athletic. This past Saturday the positive result was announced by Covid-19.
The coach is “isolated at home”, “does not present any symptoms” and is “complying with the corresponding quarantine”, according to the club. The coach will not be able to train the team during the next sessions, it is assumed that he will be ready for the debut of the Athletic in the last weekend of September, against Granada.
A serious setback because these weeks are important for the preparation of the team and they will not have the first coach in charge, although he will supervise everything through telematic methods. Of the bad, the least, because the block of players already knows perfectly how the Cholo and what he wants in training.
The one with Cholo is the last episode, but only hours before, the Athletic had to cancel the concentration of San Rafael, early. After the positive for Covid-19 of an employee of the first team (he was not a player or of the coaching staff) in Thursday’s tests, known on Friday, work had to be suspended on the ‘stage’ and two training sessions were missed. If we take into account that, in this atypical preseason, there are already two weeks less than traditionally, each session is important.
One more setback in this preparation so bumpy in which Santiago Arias and Diego
Coast, positive for Covid-19 During the holidays, he has not yet been able to exercise with the other colleagues. They were the first cases in this period of preparation, but it is that the Athletic he already had several more cases in the final part of the previous season.
For example, the rojiblanco team lost troops for the final part of the course, for the final phase of the Champions, in Lisbon. Sime
Vrsaljko and Angel Correa they could not travel with the team to face Leipzig. In the case of the Argentine, one of the most used boosters by the Cholo.
And already on the team’s return, after the stoppage due to the coronavirus, Renan I gave it he was the first player who also had to be isolated for a positive.
ONLY A FRIENDLY
To top it all, the positive in the environment of the Athletic in San Rafael It also affected sports planning in the sense that one of the two friendlies that were scheduled to prepare for the season was suspended. He Cadiz announced this Saturday the undated postponement of LXVI Ramón de Carranza Trophy
, which was to be disputed next Tuesday, due to the impossibility of Atlético de Madrid to play it.
That is to say, that of the two that the mattress team had planned, only the friendly match that was planned is still standing, in the Cerro del Espino, before him Almeria. That is, those of Simeone They will start the season, with the rest of the competitors already filmed for two days, and with only one friendly in their legs.