Chinese language Tremendous League groups are returning to 2 safe “bubbles” designed to maintain out the coronavirus, with the second half of the disrupted season beginning on Friday.
The primary a part of the marketing campaign noticed the gamers confined to 1 lodge in Suzhou and one in Dalian for 10 weeks, allowed out solely to coach and play matches.
The strict measures, which meant no mixing with the surface world or seeing their households, had been successful with no reported infections amongst gamers, coaches or assist employees.
The second half of the season is shorter, ending on November 12, and takes place as soon as extra in Suzhou and Dalian.
The 16 groups will play two-legged knockout matches as an alternative of the same old home-and-away method within the revamped competitors.
Former champions Shanghai SIPG, dwelling to Brazilian stars Oscar and Hulk, conflict with rivals Shanghai Shenhua on Sunday in essentially the most eye-catching fixture of the restart.
Golf equipment are once more doing their utmost to maintain gamers entertained whereas in isolation.
Fabio Cannavaro’s Guangzhou Evergrande, the reigning champions, had been pictured delivery not less than one mahjong desk to Suzhou, the place the championship can be determined.
Groups final time supplied desk tennis, karaoke and arcade machines, whereas one participant was pictured carrying a big field of Lego.
The CSL kicked off on July 25, 5 months later than scheduled and behind closed doorways due to the pandemic.
Nevertheless, with native infections underneath management, Chinese language soccer authorities have since allowed a really restricted variety of spectators into stadiums.
Evergrande simply topped the Dalian group after the primary section and SIPG led in Suzhou, underlining the title credentials of each golf equipment.
In Dalian, the place groups will struggle to keep away from relegation within the second section, former Liverpool supervisor Rafael Benitez faces a battle to maintain his Dalian Professional aspect within the CSL after solely two wins in 14 video games this season.