He is the great enemy of the spectacle and also of the morbid. The coronavirus, apart from preventing the entrance of the public to the stadiums and diminishing the capacities of the teams, has deprived fans of two of the most spectacular and awaited duels of the moment. Those who had to face Leo Messi with Cristiano Ronaldo and with Luis Suárez. The first was scheduled for October 28, three weeks ago, in the duel between Barcelona and Juventus. It was the first face-to-face between the two best players of the decade since the Portuguese left Real Madrid in the summer of 2018. But the positive from CR7 prevented him from arriving in time to receive the Catalans in Turin. The Covid disrupted the morbid that was foreshadowed when the raffle balls matched Catalans and Italians . The second will take place this weekend and it will not be Luis Suárez, a close friend of the Argentine and fired in a bad way after becoming the third top scorer in the history of Barcelona. Suárez who has scored five goals with Atlético de Madrid and four with his national team, tested positive for coronavirus during his stay in Uruguay to defend his country. The counter-analyzes confirmed the contagion of the Uruguayan, who stayed in his country and will not be able to play tomorrow against his former team.
Suárez's is one more casualty than many that Simeone has, punished pro the FIFA virus. Two positives – those of Torreira and Luis Suárez-, an injury – Héctor Herrera – and some players whose status there are doubts, case of Savic that he missed the games with his team due to muscular discomfort, are the headaches for the Atlético coach. The presence of Joao Félix seems essential and Ángel Correa or Marcos Llorente would be two possibilities to accompany him. But so is Diego Costa, who has already trained with the team and aims to be ready.
Although Barcelona has not suffered from coronavirus cases, it has seen its potential diminished due to injuries. At this time, Koeman will not be able to count on Ansu Fati operated on for a tear in the medial meniscus of the knee, nor with Sergio Busquets with a sprain to his knee after a tackle during the match between Spain and Switzerland. They are joined by Samuel Umtiti who has not yet been able to debut this season and whose knee arouses serious concerns. Precisely, the Frenchman's injury is one of the reasons why Barcelona intends to reinforce itself in the winter market with a center-back.