José Bordalás on life at Getafe during COVID-19: “Those who did not have a gym at home were provided with equipment.”

Writing in his column for the BBC, Getafe head coach José Bordalás described life at Getafe during the lockdown in Spain.

On occasions we have held joint video conferences to speak, hardly ever about football. I am sure I don’t always get it right, but as coach and the person with the most experience at the club it is my responsibility to encourage not just my players but also my assistants, technical staff and all the employees and try to ensure that the mood doesn’t drop so we can return in the best possible frame of mind.”

We have done our best to keep them in shape by assigning them a series of tasks. Those who did not have a gym or workout facilities at home were provided with a treadmill, an exercise bike and different materials. They have been well used. They sent us videos and their weight on a daily basis – only a couple of players found it a little bit more difficult to keep the weight down. When we returned to training the first few days had precious little to do with football, really. The emphasis was on physical tasks. Our biggest concern has been about the physical side of things. There have been overloads and as a result some muscle injuries.”

Bordalás’ men return to La Liga action on June 12 when they visit Granada. The 56-year-old will be hoping he can guide them to the Champions League. They currently sit in 5th place.

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