Barcelona and others sweated amid fitness concerns
The butcher’s bill has reached the doors of clubs across Europe after the conclusion of the recent international break, with Barcelona and Juventus among teams across the continent who have suffered.
With international breaks increasingly under the microscope due to concerns about Covid-19, the additive congestion of fixtures seen in the recent period, which had national teams playing three games in six days, has had proper scrutiny in its direction, especially with murmurs of a World Cup held every two years.
OFFICIAL: The tests carried out today by the club show that Sergiño Dest sprained his right ankle during the game between the United States and Canada on September 5. No specified free time. #FCB 🇺🇸⚠️
– Reshad Rahman (@ReshadRahman_) September 8, 2021
Barcelona, which parted ways with Junior Firpo and Emerson Royal, are now forced to compete without a single natural right-back after US international Sergiño Dest suffered an ankle injury, while Moussa Wagué won’t be available until December. .
Alphonso Davies is out due to injury with 15 minutes remaining pic.twitter.com/DCU8U5MwyQ
– FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) September 6, 2021
Juventus and Bayern Munich also suffered losses to key personnel during the break. Juve faced the prospect of running out of influential Federico Chiesa after the Italian international nhe left camp early due to a muscle problem suffered in training, while Bayern once again face an injury from Alphonso Davies, although reported not serious.
Fitness concerns highlight international criticism of rest
In a football world where the reality of a biennial world cup could really come to fruition in the near future, it is certain that the increasing frustration with the constant international ruptures will come to light once again.
As it is, any player representing his country, using Europe as an example, is cut out to deal with the qualifying campaigns for both the World Cup and the European Championship, the tournaments themselves, as well as the UEFA Nations League, all while playing pointless friendlies. in the process.
🗨️ Lage on match congestion: ❝Tottenham has all three days, Nottingham Forest is still playing at home and we are in the middle and they are not paying attention to us. My players, the club and the Wolves fans, in the end, nobody thinks about us. That is all I want to say. #WWFC pic.twitter.com/mrdAZKP4dQ
– Talking Wolves (@TalkingWolves) August 23, 2021
Today, some players can easily appear in a single combined campaign to the tune of 60+ matches if they stay in shape for a full season. Player burnout and overworked player fitness concerns, especially in the cause of the Premier League having two national cup competitions and no winter break, is certainly a bridge too far, a A sport that is sliding down the slippery slope of money valuation. and entertainment instead of protecting the players.
Fortunately, Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich have not paid a heavy price in this window, but the powers that be are certainly playing with fire and could quickly lose control if they are not careful.