La Liga planning 35 consecutive days of action
La Liga Santander – FC Barcelona v Real Betis – Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain – November 11, 2018 The match ball on display before the match [REUTERS/Albert Gea]

La Liga are planning to restart their campaign on June 12 – kicking off a festival of 35 consecutive days of football.

Spanish league chiefs want the season to resume and complete in the months of June and July – with August earmarked for the Champions League and Europa League campaigns to finish.

Clasico rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid are locked in a two-horse race at the top of the table, with the Catalan giants currently holding a two-point advantage with 11 games remaining.

But there is a scramble underneath, with Sevilla, Real Sociedad, Getafe, Atletico Madrid and Valencia separated by just five points as they bid to secure Champions League places.

At the bottom, Espanyol are six points adrift of safety but are joined in the bottom three by Leganes and Mallorca who are three points and one point from staying in the top flight respectively.

Celta Vigo, Eibar and Real Valladolid are the sides looking over their shoulders.

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Teams have resumed training in Spain with lockdown measures easing, although strict social distancing measures and testing requirements are in place.

La Liga must wait for the Spanish Government to give their plans the green light before confirming their restart structure.

When quizzed on a potential resumption of the season, La Liga president Javier Tebas said: “I don’t know.

“It will depend on the [government] phases. I hope it’s on 12 June. It will depend on the waves of the virus.

“The Primera and the Segunda divisions will complete at the same time. There will be football every day for 35 days.”

Sevilla sporting director Monchi says the plan is to restart the season with the Seville derby between his side and Real Betis.

“There is no better way for La Liga to return than this derby,” he said. “It will be one more incentive, as we are all looking forward to football returning and that first match will be magnificent.”

There have been over 224,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Spain, with 26,000 deaths being recorded.

Tebas has remained adamant the season will complete, stressing the cost of a curtailed campaign would be £840million.

 

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