Sevilla FCThe Sevilla coach raises his voice about the true value of this crisis
ANDlsoccer jumpsuitIt is something that appears annually at the end of June, when the clubs already announce that a week later they will return to work starting their preseason and the transfer market, from July 1, is activated as if by magic.The first friendlies are seen with more interest almost than those of the eleventh round of the League, for putting one on the air, trying to get a glimpse of what future awaits his team in that season that is slowly approaching between days of unbearable heat.What we are experiencing today, after 15 days with the whole show around the ball absolutely stopped, does not come close. It is not that there is no desire to watch a game on television, more now that we are not separated from mobile phones, tablets or television, butWe need well above that, but very much indeed, other daily activities that by force of habit we had not even stopped to value: See our mother, take the kids to school, or come crushed out of the gym with some ridiculous spinning shorts. All this makes us realize how little we care (despite the magnitude that we give according to what moments) how our soul team is or when we see it again with the deafening atmosphere of our temple, the stadium.
All of this initial gossip comes up onJulen Lopetegui’s assessmenton the situation in the country due to the health alert, which has touched very closely. The Sevilla coach spokeopenly, critically(there will be time to waste energy asking for responsibilities) andappealing that there is no greater concern at this time than that of eradicating the virusHowever, all the efforts of Spanish society must be directed towards this purpose, without thinking for a second about trivial issues such as the return of football, no matter how professional their performance may be. Health, above all other things.Something so natural and human that we sometimes forget, since it collides with the other great sustenance of our world: the economy. World football is going to resent this global health crisis, there is no doubt. However, it is not the navel of the world (as a coach who also speaks very clearly asJoaquín Caparrósa few days ago in BRAND). Other sectors will be more affected. ERTEs are cascading.A business as privileged as that of the ball and its main protagonists must be the first to set an examplein this crisis, since his social position, for the simple fact of hitting the ball well, is an absolute privilege. And I’m not just talking about forgiving part of your wages. There is more to do. Very much.
The Sevilla coach does not conceive thatthere is talk of dates to return to compete while the Autonomous Community of Madrid and its citizens cannot even fire their deceased relatives. Everything as cold as that Ice Palace that has become a morgue. There are no deadlines to get out of this hole. There cannot be. And once again competing after a two or three month hiatus to finish the course quickly and running, the economic factor would prevail over the sports one, sinceno team will be prepared to compete after 60 days of confinement in their homes. First you will have to go buy the bread without fear, take the car to go to work and go to eat one day a week at the grandparents’ house. That longed for normality that we can only imagine now. Returning to the stadiums will take longer, until it is truly safe.Nor does Lopetegui conceive of such a scenario. “If it is not safe for fans, it is not safe for anyone”I blurted out. Of course, there is a football suit, now that we see even video game games that help us calm the desire to see goals. Butthe real monkey we have is life. To protect her and hug those people that we only see in group calls on mobile.More than ever, as a society, we must throw the ball to the ground.