Pastore: ‘Impossible to finish season’

Roma creative midfielder Javier Pastore believes “it’ll be impossible to finish the season” due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Serie A campaign was suspended after 26 rounds, soon followed by every other major sporting event in the world, as the crisis continues to spread.

“We’ll see if we play again from this season or the next. To be honest, I think it’ll be impossible to finish the season, as we need at least 20-30 days of training to be ready,” Pastore told Radio Impacto.

“All the clubs will lose money, but I think it’s pretty much impossible to resume where we left off. It would mean ending later and later, so having to move the start of the next campaign. But we can’t do that, because next summer there’s the Euros, the Copa America, etc.”

Clubs are continuing the training sessions with the players in lockdown, sending them personalised schedules and diet plans.

“We can’t train together, but the club has given each player the necessary gym equipment to train at home. We wake up in the morning, weigh ourselves and send the staff all the necessary details, including the time we spent training and the exercises we did. We have to try to maintain muscle tone.”

The Coronavirus pandemic has taken over Europe after China, so Pastore warns Argentina must brace for impact.

“There will be chaos in Argentina, because people are going to rush to panic-buy and companies will try to make the most of the situation, which doesn’t happen in Italy.

“Don’t believe the false stories that come out, the truth is this is an illness that is not just dangerous for the elderly. We’ve been dealing with this virus for a month and the problem didn’t seem that important at first, but after two weeks, it was chaos.

“Only supermarkets and pharmacies are open, there are many checks on the street to ensure people aren’t going out.”

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