Barca and Atletico train in groups for first time since COVID-19 lockdown

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VIDEO SHOWS: BARCELONA TRAINING SESSION, BARCELONA’S TRAINING FACILITIES BEING DISINFECTED, ATLETICO MADRID TRAINING SESSION, SOUNDBITES FROM FORWARD JOAO FELIX

SHOWS:

BARCELONA, SPAIN (MAY 18, 2020) (LA LIGA HANDOUT – ACCESS ALL)

1. VARIOUS OF STAFF SPRAYING TRAINING EQUIPMENT

2. COACHING STAFF ON TRAINING PITCH WITH SPRINKLERS SPRAYING WATER

3. BARCELONA COACH, QUIQUE SETIENS (RIGHT) WEARING MASK WHILE STANDING ON TRAINING PITCH WITH ASSISTANT COACH

4. VARIOUS OF LIONEL MESSI TRAINING

5. DEFENDER, JORDI ALBA TRAINING

6. FORWARD, ANTOINE GRIEZMANN WARMING UP

7. FORWARD, MARTIN BRAITHWAITE TRAINING

8. DEFENDER, CLEMENT LENGLET

9. GOALKEEPER, NETO WARMING UP

10. MEMBER OF COACHING STAFF WIPING DOWN TRAINING EQUIPMENT

11. DEFENDER, SERGI ROBERTO WARMING UP

12. ROBERTO JOGGING

13. VARIOUS OF PLAYERS DOING A POSSESSION TRAINING DRILL

14. VARIOUS OF GOALKEEPER, MARC-ANDRE TER STEGEN TRAINING

BARCELONA, SPAIN (MAY 17, 2020) (LA LIGA HANDOUT – ACCESS ALL)

15. BARCELONA CLUB BADGE ON EXTERIOR OF TRAINING COMPLEX

16. VARIOUS OF BARCELONA’S CHANGING ROOMS BEING DISINFECTED

MADRID, SPAIN (MAY 18, 2020) (LA LIGA HANDOUT – ACCESS ALL)

17. (MUTE) ATLETICO MADRID COACH, DIEGO SIMEONE AT TRAINING SESSION

18. (MUTE) GOALKEEPER, JAN OBLAK TRAINING

19. (MUTE) GOALKEEPER COACH TRAINING

20. (MUTE) FORWARD, JOAO FELIX AT TRAINING SESSION

21. (MUTE) VARIOUS OF PLAYERS STRETCHING

22. (MUTE) PLAYERS DOING POSSESSION TRAINING DRILL

23. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ATLETICO MADRID FORWARD, JOAO FELIX, SAYING:

«Fine, fine. We have been working at home too, to not stop as a whole and now it is easy to come back. We do cardio and with the ball, we will be touching a bit every day to come back to normal.»

24. WHITE FLASH

25. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ATLETICO MADRID FORWARD, JOAO FELIX, SAYING:

«It has been the first day we are all together and that we can play against each other. We did reduced-space exercise which is what we like and we were missing already.» (ends second 30)

26. WHITE FLASH

27. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ATLETICO MADRID FORWARD, JOAO FELIX, SAYING:

«We’re feeling very good and are very excited about playing again, if it were up to us we would return this weekend but we’ll have to wait and work hard so we can get off to a good start.»

28. (MUTE) VARIOUS OF TRAINING SESSION IN PROGRESS

STORY: Barcelona and Atletico Madrid resumed group training on Monday (May 18) for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted sport worldwide in March.

Barca and Atletico joined clubs across Spain’s top two divisions in training in groups of up to 10 players after getting the green light from the government to move into the penultimate stage of the league’s four-phase plan to return to action.

Organising body La Liga have said they hope to resume the final 11 rounds of matches, which will be played without spectators, from June 12, although the return to competition requires the approval of the government.

Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix has said he and his team mates would be happy to re-start the season next weekend if it were up to them

«We’re feeling very good and are very excited about playing again, if it were up to us we would return this weekend but we’ll have to wait and work hard so we can get off to a good start,» Felix said.

(Production: Tim Hart)