The Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has already given the green light for LaLiga to resume from next June 8, so it is more than likely that football in Spain will return in three weeks. After more than three months from the last day, the race for the title will resume with FC Barcelona and Real Madrid as main favorites with eleven games still ahead.
On June 12, the date on which it is estimated that the anthem of the domestic competition will be heard again in one of the First Division fields, 97 days will have passed since the Barça team measured themselves at the Royal Society. That day a solitary goal by Leo Messi from the penalty spot ultimately served to return the leadership to the Catalans and since then there have been some changes in the team.
The greatest benefit that FC Barcelona has derived from this quarantine has been the possibility of increasing the relationship between the team and the coaching staff. Quique Setién arrived after the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde with different ideas that he had to apply on the fly, something that at first did not quite materialize. Now the Cantabrian and his assistants have had time to strengthen ties between repeated video calls and this kind of preseason that started with the return to training days ago.
The footballer who has benefited the most from the quarantine has been Luis Suárez, who has gone from saying goodbye to the season after undergoing an arthroscopy on January 20 to training with the rest of his teammates with complete normality. The Uruguayan missed a little less than a month and a half of competition, and could even return as a starter if he is well in the preparation sessions of the next weeks.
Consequently, the most affected is Martin Braithwaite, who could go from starting in the last clash before the break to ostracism from the bench with the return of Luis Suárez. The Danish striker came as a patch against the injuries of the Charrúa and Dembélé, and had several opportunities to make a hole for himself, but everything points to that from June 12 he will have to settle for entering the Setien rotation.
The need to shoot to avoid injuries and the novelty of the five changes per game could be a good opportunity for youth players like Ronald Araujo, Álex Collado or Riqui Puig, who train with the first team from the first day ‘post-confinement’. Setién will have to manage the minutes of his important men well, although apparently in the Bundesliga the return to work has not left any major incidents, to take care of his health and there Unit B or C could find opportunities to be seen.
Finally, it will be necessary to see what happens to all those players who have been protagonists during the quarantine for their future. The name of Rakitic is in all the pools to leave the club so it could take less minutes, Arturo Vidal is another of those who aims to pack and Arthur, who assured that his intention was to continue, has been included in possible barter by Pjanic and Lautaro Martínez, so you will have to look at their performance.