The Santander League The opinion of Roberto Palomar
E he return of professional football is a success of which Spain, as a country , can and should boast. What will happen in four days, when the ball rolls in the Seville derby, is an unappealable achievement. Now that the numbers of the pandemic shine towards the return of a reasonable level of activity, it should be remembered that it was in the hard times, when this country was morally sunk and devastated by the virus, when the possibility of playing football again was conceived. . It is true that the clubs and Thebes always acted out of the need to save the business, just like any other industry. That even that was thrown in their faces. Thinking of football when the death toll was around a thousand a day was considered frivolous. Probably because the recreational side of football was looked at more and not the enormous economic framework that supports it and that could collapse at any time like any other sector.
The Government made the return of football a matter of state, drafting almost a BOE of its own for LaLiga that has later served as a guide in other areas. But the important thing was to roll up their sleeves, get to work, divert resources and add supporters, among whom soccer players have also been included. Some with doubts. Others wanting to try it. Nothing will be perfect in a competition reminiscent of a lunar landscape. Some miss an extra week of training and others resent the five changes. There are clinical cases, such as Setien's, who are bothered by both . But the important thing is that we are facing a countdown feeling that carries with it a certain feeling of relief and that football does not have to feel guilty. It is not frivolous to watch football here and now. It is about saving an industry and, outside that transcendence, having a good time. And Spain, a country that has part of its leisure structured by nine months of football a year, needs it. So far, things have been done reasonably well. Everything is improvable. But it has been a success.
HAZARD Y SUÁREZ, LOS FICHAJES
Before the break, the role of players like Hazard and Suárez in Madrid and at Barça was perfectly defined. The Belgian had become Benzemá's best partner and an outlet for the white attack game, sometimes not very fluid. Suárez has been associated with Messi and his family since he arrived . When the injury turned them away from the green, the influence of their absences was measured almost in watts. He has given both of them time to return. Little of his work is seen but the transience of the images offer a fine Hazard, not the heavy and dull type that arrived in the summer. Suárez is indecipherable but we already know him. If it is, it is. In the case of Hazard, Courtois offered a small hint last night: he has not scored a goal in training sessions these days because they have always played on the same team . It should be understood that it is the starting team with which Zidane works, if it is possible to speak of starters and substitutes with a fast-paced schedule. But it seems clear that Hazard is and is expected. And Suarez is not going to wrinkle.