Next Thursday the grid of the 2020/2021 edition of the UEFA Champions League will be completed. However, Borussia Dortmund complained about the current health conditions.
So far, there have been several cases of mass positivity to the novel coronavirus in the football world. The most recent one occurred in Italy where Genoa found 14 people (footballers and staff) positive to the coronavirus.
In France, Paris Saint-Germain commenced the French Ligue 1 moving several youth players to the main squad due to the absence of Neymar, Mbappè, Icardi and Di Maria, all positive to the coronavirus. In other countries, the situation is not better and several teams needed to find temporary solutions to make sure to have at least 11 players on the pitch.
In addition, certain countries in Europe seem to be soon affected by a second waves of Covid 19 cases and the word “lock-down” circulated among European politicians more and more in the recent week. So will it be possible to organize the football European competitions?
According to Michael Zorc, sports director of Borussia Dortmund, no. He said to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine “I believe that there are absolutely no legal requirements to play these matches. If we play in a risk area on Wednesday, which is likely given the number of important cities with contagion problems, we will have to make sure that we can play safely in the Bundesliga the following Saturday”.
The Group Stage of the next edition of the most important European competition will begin on 20th October 2020. However, we agree with the feeling of Michael Zorc. Playing and traveling around Europe, where several countries report thousands of coronavirus cases daily, seems a bit scary.