Real Madrid are all set to resume their LaLiga campaign in mid-June after the Spanish government gave the green light for football to return.
President Pedro Sánchez announced on Saturday that LaLiga can resume from the week commencing June 8, with the first match expected to be the Seville derby on Thursday, June 11.
Los Blancos will face Eibar on home soil for their first match back and are expected to play all of their home matches at the club’s Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium at their Valdebebas training base, although that move is yet to be confirmed by the club.
The LaLiga calendar is also yet to be confirmed but LaLiga are expected to announce the kick-off times for the opening rounds of fixtures this week.
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Figo, Still a Proud Madridista
Ex-madridista Luis Figo still fondly remembers his time at the Bernabeu after a controversial switch from FC Barcelona. In a recent interview he said he was “extremely happy” as well as praising ex-teammate Ronaldo Nazario as one of the best players of that moment. He also stated that his departure was due to a following out with the manager, Vanderlei Luxemburgo, who benched the former Golden Ball winner for reasons not related to form.
Real Madrid Still Most Valued Club
Real Madrid continues to be the richest club in football according to a recent study by KPMG, being value at €3.22 billion euros. The report is based on the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons and studied profitability, broadcasting rights, popularity, sporting potential and stadium value.
Asensio is Back
Real Madrid wonder-kid Marco Asensio has finally fully recovered from a bad anterior cruciate ligament knee injury in preseason and is back training with the team. The 24-year-old underwent successful surgery in August but has only now returned to training with the campaign paused amid the recent coronavirus outbreak.
The New Bernabeu
Real Madrid has taken full advantage of the postponed season to speed up progress on the new Bernabeu Stadium. The exterior of the stadium is being transformed as we speak with the installation of new towers to support the retractable roof. All the seating will be replaced with wider seating for fan comfort. The pitch of the Bernabeu is being modified to easily accommodate other events like concerts, to add revenue to madrid’s coffers. With construction ahead of schedule the new stadium could be ready by 2022.
Bale Loses Confidence over Whistles
In a recent interview Gareth Bale spoke of his difficulties with the fans in the Spanish capital:
“I’ve had 80,000 people in a stadium whistle at me because I haven’t played well. I’ve had it a few times! It’s not nice and it doesn’t do your confidence any good either. You would expect that if you’re not having a good time on the pitch, your fans would get behind you and try to help you do better because it’ll make them happy. But it seems that they do the opposite. They whistle you, which consequentially makes you feel worse, you lose your confidence, you play worse and then that makes them even more upset.”