BARCELONA (AP) – Everything indicates that the Spanish League ended just in time.
The tournament was completed three weeks ago, with Real Madrid proclaiming itself champion and managers relieved that the restart was the right thing to do after a four-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But the second division was not so lucky. A serious outbreak on the last day of the season threw the competition into chaos, which was resolved last weekend.
But after a brief summer vacation, the first division clubs have been shaken by detecting several infections with the return of the players for the preseason.
The most recently affected is Valladolid, which on Thursday confirmed that a team member or employee tested positive for COVID-19.
A day before, Athletic Bilbao revealed that six of its players had been infected. They all identified themselves on social media.
The group of those affected by Bilbao included striker Iñaki Williams, who said he was asymptomatic and would stay home « until he got over the virus. »
Loren Morón, Betis forward, also revealed that he tested positive, and Osasuna reported that their coach Jagoba Arrasate was also infected.
The recent cases have been detected in the measure that the clubs carry out tests to their establishments and employees when they resume training.
But there have been cases in teams that continue to compete in the continental cups.
Atlético de Madrid had a scare when Argentine forward Ángel Correa and Croatian full-back Sime Vrsaljko tested positive on the eve of traveling to Portugal for the Champions League final phase. The rest of the campus tested negative and was able to travel. The club did not rule out that both could rejoin the team later if they recover quickly.
Barcelona, for its part, reported that a player not called up to play the Champions League tested positive.
Prior to their expedition to Germany for the Europa League, Sevilla reported a positive case.
Striker Mariano Díaz tested positive before Real Madrid embarked for England to face Manchester City in the knockout stages of the Champions League, where they were eliminated.
A strict bisecurity protocol allowed La Liga to complete the 11 dates it had pending in a succession of matches between June and July.
The increase in cases has occurred in the midst of the second wave of the virus in Spain, the most worrying focus in Europe.
The next La Liga season is due to kick off in September, but the schedule has yet to be announced.