Tuesday, September 29

Messi welcomes ‘weird’ restart | The Daily Star

Barcelona and Argentina captain Lionel Messi said he was eager to start playing again but thought La Liga games behind closed doors would feel “weird”.

The Spanish Football Federation won a legal judgement on Wednesday handing it control over league scheduling and then said it would allow La Liga to play every day when this season resumes.

“We cannot think about what we are leaving behind this year. It is better to think about the future,” Messi said. “Like going back to day-to-day training, seeing your teammates, playing your first few games. No doubt it will be strange at first, but I am looking forward to competing again!

He said playing without fans “implies a series of challenges. The preparation at squad level is the same as for any other match, but it is true that individually you have to train and get mentally prepared to play without people because it is very weird.”

“It will be like starting over,” he said. “Technically it will be the same season, but I think all teams and players will experience it differently.”

Messi was due to lead Argentina this summer in the Copa America, where his country are joint hosts with Colombia, but the competition was postponed to June next year.

“Postponing the Copa America was a huge disappointment, but of course it was reasonable and most logical. I was really looking forward to playing in it again.”

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