Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey says Atletico Madrid players will become used to keeping the distance at training.
The Rojiblanco players were pictured returning to training on Saturday for the first time since the coronavirus crisis called a premature halt to LaLiga.
Diego Simeone and his players began their preparations for the campaign’s restart at the club’s Ciudad Deporutiba Atletico de Madrid complex after Spain relaxed lockdown measures across the nation earlier this week.
The snaps, released by the club, show a number of players keeping a distance from each other as they work hard to retain their fitness levels – with some even choosing to don face masks and gloves for the session.
Partey, who was found in positive spirit ahead of the return of top-flight action, insists they will get used to their new training habit.
“It was different,” the Ghanaian admitted after completing his session on Saturday.
“We suffered a bit at first because we’re not used to training and keeping a distance [between each other], but we’ll get used to it.”
In normal circumstances, players only ever face prolonged spells without seeing one another while enjoying their summer holidays, but Thomas acknowledged that things are very different this time.
“We’re used to being on vacation, training and playing with friends,” he added.
“But we could only stay at home, so it’s been difficult.
“Because of the situation though, we’ve had to get used to it.
“We had to keep training at home as much as we could.
“The problem is that we haven’t been able to touch the ball and play in groups, but we know we have to move little by little towards normality.”