La Liga president Javier Tebas: "I'm very proud of the Bundesliga. It wasn't easy. They were the first to get up and running and they're an example to follow"
Monday 18 May 2020 11:59, UK
Clubs in the top two divisions of Spanish football are back training in groups of up to 10 people, La Liga has confirmed.
The resumption of group training marks the next phase of La Liga's 'Return to Training' protocols and was agreed upon by the Spanish High Sports Council (CSD).
Group sessions may be carried out by all clubs, regardless of the varying lockdown rules in place within each team's region.
Players in Spain returned for individual training earlier this month and the league hopes to resume full training and matches in the coming weeks, although it has yet to confirm dates for fixtures.
In a statement La Liga president Javier Tebas said: "The start of the next phase in LaLiga's Return to Training protocol is another step towards the restarting of the competition.
"It will be good to be able to set all training routines on an equal footing. It's very important that every club have the same chance to be in good shape. It's not essential, but it's very important and we're grateful that it will be like that."
Tebas also reiterated his wish to stage matches every day, with June 12 named previously as a potential date for restarting.
"That's what I hope," Tebas said. "We shouldn't have any problems playing on Mondays across the eleven rounds of matches we have left to play.
"I hope for some sense from the Spanish Football Federation on this, because it's very important for us to be able to give both our national and international broadcasters, and fans across the world, football on as many days as possible to ensure as little disruption as possible."
Last weekend saw the first of Europe's major leagues return to action with a round of fixtures completed behind closed doors in Germany's top two divisions.
Reflecting on the Bundesliga's return, Tebas added: "I'm very happy, and I've congratulated them because they've taken a very important step.
"We've worked hard on this together over the past months, we've exchanged protocols, ideas, we spoke once or twice every week.
"I'm very proud of the Bundesliga. It wasn't easy. They were the first to get up and running and they're an example to follow."