In this post-Covid-19 recovery, technology is helping Spanish football clubs and Barça in particular to manage the health of their players as well as possible. The GPS that each footballer wears during training – in the form of a black bra slipped under their jersey – provides a lot of information: the muscular workload of each player during a session, the recovery time after the effort, the efforts needed to reach a specific goal…
The Clubs thus optimize the health of their players so that they are at their best on match day.
However, Paco Seirul.lo, the director of methodology at F.C. Barcelona, has some reservations. With 40 years of experience, he believes that quantitative data such as the number of kilometres covered should be combined with qualitative actions. Messi, for example, is often the player who runs the least on the pitch. Yet he is the best, generating a goal every 3.8 kilometres travelled, whether by a goal or an assist, according to a study by ProFootballDB. This means that the Argentinian has an average of at least 2 goals per game in Barça. Not bad for a player who, according to his detractors, spends his time walking on the pitch.
Finally, the evaluation of the players’ form should only be done during the matches, and according to the opponent and the context. It’s not the same thing to go and play in Real Madrid’s den at the Santiago Bernabeu as it is to receive Eibar at home.
The Spanish league, which resumes on 8 June for 11 games, will need to take new factors into account. For example, the absence of the public, which takes the pressure off their opponents, and the return to the competition in June after a three-month stoppage, without a friendly preparation match and in extreme heat.
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