He told AS: “It is a change of country, club, stadium and you have the expectation not only of seeing the public in your stadium, which will be beautiful to see Anfield full, but also the experience of learning about this new country every day.
“For football fans like us, football loses much of its essence without people in the stands. We are competing in empty stadiums and we have had to relearn because since we were little we have played on fields not without people, with screaming parents. We knew how to do it and we were used to playing with people supporting us and even with people against us.
“Now we have gotten used to playing without the public, but we miss so much that there are people in the stadiums that there is a little yearning every day.”
Thiago also said, “The extra of the public is missing in the final moments of the game, which gives you that little physical point. It is something psychological. As in the day to day being able to do little in the city with the family, and more in a new city. You go from home to training and from training to home and you enter a dynamic in which it is just that.
“Soccer is much more, you have to live day by day, the approach with the fans. I have my son who is a football fan at four years old and not being able to take him to the stadium is frustrating for me and for him. When you open everything, it will be much better for everyone.
Xavi To Sign New Deal With Al Sadd – With Barcelona Clause
Xavi is set to sign a new deal with Al Sadd.
The Barcelona great will commit to the Qataris to June 2023.
However, AS says the contract will also include a ‘Barca clause’ which will allow Xavi to leave for his former club without a fee needed to break the agreement.
The former Spain midfielder is due to put pen to paper this week.
Xavi led Al Sadd to the Qatari title last season.
Tottenham Interested in Barcelona Defender Emerson Royal
Estadio Deportivo says Spurs are among a number of potential suitors interested in taking on the player, who currently plays his football at Real Betis.
The Catalan giants are keen to sell the 22-year-old and have put a £21million (€25m) price tag on the Brazilian.
Barca currently own 50 per cent of the player but have the option to purchase another 30 per cent from Betis if they so wish.
But Betis, who would like to keep him, cannot afford to sign him permanently due to lack of funds.
Emerson’s current deal with Betis runs until the end of the season, when Barcelona will have the option to sign him for £5.2m.
Barcelona Becomes World’s Richest Club Ahead of Real Madrid (See Top 10)
Real topped the rankings two years ago, which was the last time the list was published
Here’s the full list below, according to Forbes:
- Barcelona – $4.76billion (£3.46bn)
- Real Madrid – $4.75billion (£3.46bn)
- Bayern Munich – $4.22billion (£3.07bn)
- Manchester United – $4.2billion (£3.06bn)
- Liverpool – $4.1billion (£2.98bn)
- Manchester City – $4billion (£2.91bn)
- Chelsea – $3.2billion (£2.33bn)
- Arsenal – $2.8billion (£2.04bn)
- Paris Saint-Germain – $2.5billion (£1.82bn)
- Tottenham Hotspur – $2.3billion (£1.67bn)
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