Francisco ChacónCorrespondent in Lisbon
Updated: 05/27/2020 13:46
The Portuguese League is back behind closed doors and ready for the new times after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, as demonstrated by the new pioneering measure: allowing up to nine players sitting on the bench waiting for a possible change . In addition, the same resolution is adopted that the Bundesliga has already taken in the sense of authorizing five substitutions throughout the regulation time. Such relays may be made in three moments of each crash, in addition to the break . Hence, the rule is known as 'Law 3' in these days prior to the resumption of the tournament. It will be next Wednesday, June 3, when the first two matches are held, two and a half months after the competition was suspended: Portimonense-Gil Vicente and Famalicao-Oporto, which monopolizes all the attention because the team of Íker Casillas (has a contract in force until the end of the month, although he has not played for a year due to the heart attack he suffered) leader and has a point of advantage over Benfica. The novelties that are now in force in the neighboring country have been approved by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and point to a clear objective: to relieve the teams in a context in which the suspension from the Last March 13 it can translate into an increase in the physical problems of the players. There are 10 days left to play and the confrontations will be happening Tuesday or Wednesday and Friday or Saturday, in a row that seeks to finish some 15 days before the return of the Champions League, scheduled for August 7 with two great appointments of the return of the Round of 16: Manchester City-Real Madrid and Juventus-Olympique de Lyon. The next day, Barcelona-Naples and Bayern Munich-Chelsea. It cannot be forgotten that, immediately after finishing the league competition in the country of Cristiano Ronaldo, the final of the Portuguese Cup must be played between Benfica and Porto . The stage that will host it is still to be designated, since the initially planned stadium was ruled out (for security reasons): that of Jamor, in Oeiras, 15 kilometers from Lisbon in the direction of Cascais. This highly anticipated fight for the KO tournament such Once it is celebrated with an audience in the stands at the end of July, according to plans leaked by some media. Of course, with a reduction in capacity and all the guarantees to respect social distance. The Portuguese teams have been conducting their training sessions again for several days . Thus, for example, Sporting Lisbon establishes that each player can only exercise on the field keeping a minimum of 10 meters away from other teammates.