June 13th, Celta Vigo. Football will at least in some sense be back. I for one am relieved, though I suspect the return of football and the conclusion of this season will not be nearly as smooth as everyone hopes. The idea is to have La Liga games of some variety every single day until June 19th to close this season out, then start up the new season September 12th. In some ways, this timeline feels very tight and optimistic given the number of things that can go wrong.
There’s just no good way to spread eleven matches over less than forty days and clubs will have to rely on their depth. Will our CB and defensive midfield situations, this doesn’t make me too hopeful that Villarreal is going to figure out a way to Europe. We also are not sure how players will look when they get back. On one hand, they will be rested, and many previously injured players will have returned. On the other, as we’ve already seen in leagues like the Bundesliga and the K-League, the matches themselves can be a step or two slow out of the gates.
Fans won’t be in stadiums for probably the rest of 2020, and we are all just going to have to do the best we can with what we got, but here at VUSA we’ll try our best to cover the matches like always, and provide you a hub where you can give your opinions in the comments on this once in history situation in the world of football.