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Lionel Messi accepts ‘risk’ of restart, believes break may benefit Barcelona

Despite five players from La Liga clubs testing positive with Covid-19 earlier, president Javier Tebas said on Sunday that he still hopes the league can restart on June 12.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: May 15, 2020 11:37:03 pm
Lionel Messi leads the La Liga charts with 19 goals and 12 assists this season. (Source: File Photo)

Amidst talks of La Liga returning in mid-June, Lionel Messi said on Friday that he is comfortable with the idea of playing with other individuals and even indicated that he believes that the break will end up benefitting Barcelona.

Despite five players from La Liga clubs testing positive with Covid-19 earlier, president Javier Tebas said on Sunday that he still hopes the league can restart on June 12. With that plan in place, clubs have resumed individual training sessions as part of a strict programme with Barcelona being one of the first teams to train on last Friday.

“The risk of contagion is everywhere. When you leave the house the risk is already there, so I think you can’t think about it too much because otherwise, you’ll not want to go out anywhere,” said Messi in an interview with Mundo Deportivo.

“But we also understand it is essential to comply with protocols and take all the possible measures of prevention. Going back to training is the first step but we shouldn’t get complacent and we must continue taking all the necessary precautions and assume we have to start playing games but behind closed doors.”

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Talking to Sport, the 32-year-old forward said that he believes that his teammates can bounce back perfectly after this break and “win it all”.

“Maybe this stoppage will end up benefiting us, but we will have to see if we are restarting the competitions and then we will know the truth,” said Messi.

“Playing as we did in the matches before play was stopped, we would never win the Champions League. I have no doubts about my teammates and that we can win it all, but not in the way we had been playing.”

Barcelona lead the standings with 58 points from 27 matches, and are two points ahead of second-placed Real Madrid.

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