Lionel Messi invited his whole squad in Barcelona and their companions to his home for a barbecue to lift their spirits within the face of a nervous run-in, however the social gathering was in a position to land them in scorching water because it violated COVID-19 guidelines.
Ronald Koeman’s web page has climbed again to La Liga’s title image. They’re presently third, two factors behind leaders Atletico Madrid and are on factors with rivals Actual Madrid, so the title race appears to be like to go right down to the thread.
Barcelona is again on the right track within the title race | Aitor Alcalde Colomer / Getty Photos
Barcelona not too long ago blew the possibility to be high, as a substitute of falling to a shock 2-1 loss at residence to Granada, so to strive to hold their spirits excessive, Messi held a gathering for the complete squad to psyche up at the top of the season. However as identified by ABC, there was rather more than the legally allowed quantity of individuals taking part.
Messi didn’t deliberately break the rules. The grill was out and he offered every participant and their companion together with his personal desk to encourage social distancing, however all the things is irrelevant as each La Liga and the Spanish authorities have banned gatherings of over six folks.
Barcelona have claimed that they don’t violate the COVID tips as a result of the squad is all a part of an enormous bubble anyway and the gamers’ companions had been all saved in their very own particular person bubbles, however league officers are nonetheless anticipated to launch an investigation into the scenario.
– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) 3 Could 2021
The Atletico Madrid squad did one thing comparable just a few weeks in the past and hosted a rally for the complete squad, however the most important distinction is that that they had warned each La Liga and the native authorities, who might verify that each one well being tips can be adopted. With Messi’s social gathering, everybody was saved at midnight.
There’ll clearly be some drama from this, however it doesn’t appear that anybody on the grill was fearful about it. GOL captured movies of the occasion exhibiting the complete squad singing “Champions, Champions”, indicating that they really feel fairly assured of their probabilities of success this season.
? In the usage of #Messi la plantilla del Barça cantó …
? Champions? #LaLigaSantander
? @DirectoGol pic.twitter.com/exiuaFfb0v
– El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) 3 Could 2021
Barcelona’s title bounce will most likely relaxation on Saturday’s assembly with leaders Atletico at Camp Nou. Diego Simeone’s aspect enters the recreation in blended type, having gained simply 4 of their final 9 matches – a run that has opened the door for each Barcelona and Actual.
With Celta Vigo, Levante and Eibar left on the match record after that, Barcelona will likely be satisfied to cross the road in the event that they can carry the products in opposition to Atleti.
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