‘I wouldn’t feel like a champion… I don’t know if it would be worth awarding the title’: Barcelona boss Quique Setien says he doesn’t want to beat Real Madrid to LaLiga by default… but admits season going unfinished IS a possibility in Spain
- The Spanish top-flight is currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic
- The Catalan giants have a two-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga
- There has been talk that Barcelona could be awarded the title if season is voided
- La Liga have drawn up a protocol with a view to restart the season in May
- Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID
Barcelona manager Quique Setien has admitted it wouldn’t feel right to be handed the La Liga title if the season is cancelled.
The Spanish top-flight is currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic with the Catalan giants having a two-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga with 11 games to play.
There have been suggestions the season could be cancelled with Barcelona awarded the trophy and Setien would find that odd.
Barcelona boss Quique Setien has admitted it wouldn’t feel right to be handed the La Liga title
Barcelona are currently two points clear of arch rivals Real Madrid at the top of La Liga
Setien told Marca: ‘I would like to play and be champion by playing, it is obvious.
‘But the reality is that the situation is as it is and has been cut.
‘I do not know if that would be worth to award a title or not. I am not going to feel champion even if I have two more points that when I arrived, that we were equal with Real Madrid.
‘But this is totally anecdotal. It is a very difficult situation for everyone.’
La Liga have drawn up a special ‘back to training’ protocol for clubs with a view to bringing the competition back at the end of May.
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The protocol has been drafted by medical teams from three league clubs and has been distributed to the 42 teams in the top two divisions.
The idea is that training will be reintroduced gradually with the number of players allowed to train together incrementing day by day until entire squads can train as one group.
There will be tests every so often for the players to ensure no one contracts coronavirus.
Clubs have also been advised to select hotels where they could be based in isolation during the mini pre-seasons that will take place before the restart.
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Spain is still in full-lockdown but the state of emergency should be lifted on April 26.
La Liga says talks with Uefa have thrown up three possible restart dates – May 28, with the domestic competition being played through June and European competition through July; June 6 with La Liga and European competition played simultaneously; and June 28 with domestic leagues played out in July and European games played in August.
La Liga is also willing to restart ahead of other leagues if it finds itself in a situation where it could do that.
La Liga are drawing up plans for how players can return to training amid the current crisis
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