“Mental strength is very important in the return to competition”

Setién, in one of his first training sessions with FC Barcelona.

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The return of LaLiga, scheduled for the week of June 8, is already a reality after the months of stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 11 days remaining for the end of the championship they will compete, even with the schedules to be decided, without the public and with security measures. Eleven games in which the leader, the FC Barcelona, will seek the conquest of its twenty-seventh league title.

In front of the team, Leo Messi. The Argentine will once again be the engine of the Setien team for the rest of the season and on the return to training he has shown that he is in great shape for it. On his Adidas blog, the six-time Ballon d’Or considers the return of the competition as a new beginning: “When we play again, it will be like starting again. We are going to have some time to prepare before the competition starts, and on the other hand, we are going to recover important players for us, who were injured. Technically it will be the same season, but I think that all the teams and players will experience it differently, ”he said.

During the period of confinement, Messi has been very active on social networks and has not neglected physical activity either, with individual trainings at home, something that, in his words, has been somewhat strange for being away from the Sports City and his colleagues: “Although I don’t play two games a week anymore, I try to train every day and I’m doing the exercises that happen to us. But, obviously, it has nothing to do with training with the group and, above all, not having the rhythm of games is ugly, but it is the new normality with which we have to live. So it is necessary that we have a preparation before competing again. “

The Argentine is somewhat reluctant to the fact that the remaining games for the end of The league they are played without an audience, due to the strange circumstances: “I had to play behind closed doors in a home game and it was very rare”, he comments, in reference to the meeting between Barça and Las Palmas last season, celebrated without an audience due to the altercations that were taking place in those moments in Catalonia.

Despite this, the ’10’ understands that it should be like this: “It is normal that, if it turns, it is that way after all this that we are experiencing. With everything that’s going on in the world it’s perfectly understandable

“I really want to compete again,” says Messi on the blog. Ahead, eleven decisive games to which Barça arrives with recovered players and in which it cannot fail, with only two points of advantage over the second classified, the Real Madrid.

An escalation towards the title for which it is necessary to maintain concentration despite the exceptional nature of the scenario: “Some people think that this mental strength is 40, 50 or even 60% of our sport. I suppose it also depends on each individual athlete. But I do think it is very important, “says Messi. LaLiga starts again against Mallorca and the captain will lead the team, heading to 27.

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