It will be different or start over when the resume begins, says Leo Messi.
The Barça captain Leo Messi on his activities in quarantine period, his preparations for the restart, and the reboot of the suspended season due to global pandemic of Coronavirus.
Leo Messi was interviewed by Adidas’ website where he answered questions asked about his going in quarantine period in Spain.
On the outbreak due to Coronavirus
“Nobody expected it. I can’t even imagine the global impact that this pandemic is having.”
“It’s difficult to live and work with such uncertainty, and in such a different and exceptional situation like this. We were all asking ourselves when we would get back to work and to the competition. For any player, maintaining concentration on the pitch is fundamental,” He said on crisis emerged by COVID-19.
Talking about his mental preparation
He answered: “There are those who think that mental strength is 40, 50, 60% of our sport. I suppose it depends on each sportsman in particular. I believe that it is very important and that this is an aspect that is prepared more every day amongst professional athletes.”
“I’ve tried to train every day at home. However, obviously, individual training is nothing like training with the group.”
“I don’t like having a rhythm of games, but it’s the new normality that we are going to live in. That’s why we have preparation before competing again,” He spoke about his training in footballing inactivity at home.
Talking about the restart of the season: he said ‘it will be like starting over’.
“When we get back to playing, it will be like starting over. We will have some time to prepare before the competition restarts, and we will also bring back some very important players for us, who were injured.”
“Technically it will be the same season, but I think that all of the teams and players will experience it in a different way,” The left-footed, Six times Golden Ball winner, Said.
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When asked about playing behind closed doors: he termed that ‘a challenge’.
“It’s a challenge. The preparation from the group is the same as for any other game. However, it’s true that individually you have to get ready and think about playing without a crowd because it’s very strange.”
“We played a game behind closed doors a while ago, and it was very strange.”
“It’s normal that is football returns, it is in this way after all that we’ve been through. With everything that is happening in the world, it’s perfectly understandable.”
He indicated that he would once again be competing for the level.
“We can’t think about what we are leaving behind this year. It’s better to think about the future. It will undoubtedly be strange to start with, but I’m really looking forward to competing again.”
Postponement of the Copa America was a disappointment
“Postponing the Copa Amèrica was an enormous disappointment, but at the same time, it was normal and logical. It would have been an exciting event for me, and I was very excited about playing in it again.”