Messi’s is Back 11th La Liga title as Spanish football resumes
The Uruguayan forward was declared fit again last week but cautions Barcelona coach Quique Setien said: “Suarez is in good shape but we should avoid risks.”
That could mean Martin Braithwaite stars upfront with Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann. Messi gave all Barcelona fans a scare at the end of last week when he missed training sessions with a small muscle contraction in the quadriceps of his right leg. “Messi’s is not the only one who has missed a training session with some discomfort,” Setien said on Sunday. It was a minor cramp and we have controlled it, he is perfectly fine and will have no problem to face Mallorca.
Following on from the Bundesliga’s example, games will be played with fans absent.
Since the Bundesliga resumed, the home advantage appears to have disappeared.
One twist in the La Liga run-in is that second-place Real Madrid will stage home games at its 6,000-seater Alfredo Di Stefano stadium — where the club’s second team plays — while renovations continue at the 81,000-seater Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Who will be champions?
As the league returns Barcelona sits at the top of the table with 58 points two ahead of Real Madrid while third-placed Sevilla is nine points adrift of Los Blancos.
If the reigning champion can win the league for the third time in a row because when you play FIFA you hear the real stadium atmosphere in each place. “I think we will see a good virtual reality, but they [the fans] will be able to choose what they want The fan experience With matches being played behind closed doors, La Liga has come up with a plan to give the fans the most authentic experience possible in the circumstances. What we have decided is to give these two options on how the spectator wants to see the game: If they want to see it virtually with sound, or without sound, said Tebas. “We have worked with a Norwegian company that specializes in the virtual audience and EA Sports and FIFA because when you play FIFA you hear the real stadium atmosphere in each place.
It is one of the few La Liga records the Argentine has yet to break and is one that Barcelona fans would undoubtedly love him to steal from their arch-rivals in Madrid.
Real Madrid players won’t let this happen without a fight though — as midfielder Lucas Vazquez recently told Real Madrid TV that his side would be treating each remaining game as if it were a cup final.
The title fight isn’t the only La Liga storyline.
Thursday’s fixture is the Seville derby, between Sevilla and Real Betis.
Sevilla hasn’t qualified for the Champions League in two seasons and will be desperate to finish the season strongly.
Relegation would be a disaster for a club that has played in the top division since 1993.