Potential new La Liga rules could comes as a huge boost to Malaga

Malaga kick off their Segunda campaign in Tenerife.
Malaga kick off their Segunda campaign in Tenerife. / AGENCIA LOF
  • The Blue and Whites kick off their league campaign a week on Sunday, away to Tenerife, and could benefit from new regulations to minimise the impact of Covid-19

La Liga hopes to bring in a raft of new measures to minimise the potential impact a coronavirus outbreak could have on the competition.

The organisers of Spain's top two tiers of men's football are keen that the new season, which will get under way next Friday, 11 September, won't suffer any setbacks, such was the case when an outbreak of the virus in the Fuenlabrada camp caused the promotion play-offs to be delayed.

Of these new measures, the one which will be of most interest to Malaga (because of the headaches it caused last season) will no doubt be the reduction from seven to five of the number of professionals required on the field at any given time.

This is also advantageous as far as salary limitations are concerned as youth players are not included in these calculations.

This could have a strong bearing on how Malaga complete their squad between now and the closure of the transfer window on 5 October.

Fixtures announced

Their season begins on Sunday 13 with a trip to Tenerife (kick-off 9pm) but the squad is likely to be nowhere near the one with which sporting director Manolo Gaspar would like to close the window. Before the window closes, the side must face newly promoted Castellón (away, 18 September), Alcorcón (home, 27 September) and Rayo Vallecano (away, 4 October).

Preparations, far from ideal

With the futures of all of the first-team (minus new arrivals) up in the air, preparations so far have been far from ideal.

Sergio Pellicer's side have scored just the one goal in their four preseason games so far (in the 2-1 defeat to Cadiz on 26 August). Since then, the side has drawn 0-0 with Granada on Sunday before being on the receiving end of a 3-0 hammering by Espanyol on Wednesday.

Because of delays over PCR testing, the new players are only slowly being incorporated to the team's preseason training camp in Alhaurín el Grande, which has seen players coming and going with great frequency - something that is unlikely to change before 5 October.