FILE - Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior during a La Liga game against RealBetis. Photo: Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters
FILE - Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior during a La Liga game against RealBetis. Photo: Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters

Real Madrid winger thought La Liga season would be written off

By Pete Jenson Time of article published May 23, 2020

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BARCELONA - Real Madrid's Brazilian winger Vinicius admitted

Saturday that at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic he feared

the season would be never be finished.

"There were moments when the crisis was so huge and the number of

deaths so high it seemed impossible that football, or any other

activity, could return in just a matter of months," The 19-year-old

told the Marca sports paper.

"But in time we began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Now

I am convinced we are going to be able to get things back to normal

bit by bit, and one of those things is football."

Asked about the possibility that European football will also return,

Vinicius added: "If the Champions League returns it will be fantastic

news not just for football but for the world.

"To be able to play games in other countries will be a very positive

sign that things are closer to getting back to normal." 

The Spanish League is still aiming for a June 12 return although its

president Javier Tebas admitted Friday that the timing of football's

return will depend on the government's phased lifting of

restrictions.

European body UEFA aims to complete the Champions League by the end

of August.

Real are two points behind leaders Barcelona in La Liga while in the

Champions League they trail Manchester City 2-1 ahead of the last 16

return leg in England.

dpa

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