Updated: 06/08/2020 01: 44h
Life, stumbling and with a storm of misfortunes, has continued its course without football, but the weekend demands goals and hugs – when possible -, moviola and gathering, smiles and tears, ball and passion. At last the ball is rolling again in Spain and one of those famous phrases that is often used makes sense because, whatever it is, it is very beautiful and sounds very good: “Soccer is the most important of the least important things ", repeats Jorge Valdano although there are those who attribute the authorship to Arrigo Sacchi . In any case, it is a certainty even for the Government, which has struggled, in the midst of a pandemic and counts, to recover the routine of soccer before many other things. Soccer is an unbeatable antidote to distract the people and, incidentally, to start the economy, without forgetting that this mass phenomenon moves almost 1.4% of the national GDP . It is no small joke, welcome be your return. Although on Wednesday there is an aperitif with the second installment of that controversial Rayo-Albacete who was suspended with 45 minutes for playing for the insults to the Ukrainian Zozulya everyone Assume the true return will be on Thursday. At 22:00, finally, and in an unbeatable setting, the derby between Sevilla and Real Betis is disputed one of the games with the most pull in the Santander League and which will serve to pay tribute to all those who have stayed on the road – the League and the Federation have agreed that there should be a minute of silence in all the fields of Spain in honor of those who died of coronavirus. Soccer cries for them. There are 11 days of the highest category 110 games that will be played in a suffocating epilogue with encounters every day. It will cost to get used to the idea of what this new football implies, with empty fields and celebrations imposed as it has been seen in Germany (over time, they are released), but the objective will be the same. It is impossible to predict how the teams will be after so much time of inactivity, 93 days from Eibar-Real Sociedad from March 10 to the great Andalusian derby, and the Bundesliga gives a clue of what can happen: in 46 games, only 10 home wins for 14 draws and 22 away wins. The field factor has been completely lost. Much at stake Barça commands even in such a volcanic course, with two points of advantage over Real Madrid and one senses a fast-paced fight for the title, equality that has not existed in recent years. Seville and Real Sociedad were in the Champions zone when everything stopped, but Getafe fifth, has the same points as those from San Sebastian, excellent news about the rebellion of the Bordalás team. Atlético whose last night was the memorable victory at Anfield, has to push to earn a place in the top four while Valencia, Villarreal, Granada and Athletic will try to get their ticket to Europe. From there, the temperature begins to rise. Osasuna, Betis, Levante and Alavés would do well not to trust themselves, especially now that everything is a question mark and that those fully affected in the fight for descent find a great opportunity. Valladolid, Eibar and Celta do not walk very far from the abyss, where Mallorca, Leganés and Espanyol live with anguish. It is an express league very different from the previous one, but everything is to return to finally enjoy football. New features on the return A very tight schedule has led to changes to the Regulations. Until the end of the League five changes will be allowed, which will have to be made in three stops. The First and Second division teams may convene up to 23 footballers (18 until before the break) in each match to help control tiredness. There will be no greetings before the matches and there has been a request to avoid hugging at celebrations. On the return journey there will be a minute of silence. At minute 20 there will be an "infinite applause" in the video scoreboards.