Patric: “We Must Be Careful but We Must Return”

Patric, Source- Official S.S.Lazio
Patric, Source- Official S.S.Lazio

Lazio defender Patric has given an interview to Spanish TV program El Chiringuito de Jugones over Instagram Live, in which he discussed plans for Italian football to return soon as life gradually returns to normal in the aftermath of the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic. Speaking about the return to training, Patric said:

“This week, in theory, we will start training again. We must go back to playing and with caution, we must return to the field. The economy is moving, football has to do it too.”

“Fear? No, I’m not afraid. We must be careful, but we must return. We have been home for two months. If everything is returning to normal, why do we footballers have to stand still?”

“In Italy as in France? We would not accept it, there are twelve games left. It is a historic moment for Lazio, we are playing a great championship. You can’t make the decision to give the title to a team when there are still so many games left.”

Patric has been one of the surprise performers of the Biancocelesti this season. After being linked with a move away from the club last summer, the Spaniard stayed and has found a new lease of life under Simone Inzaghi, becoming a reliable part of the three-man defense. This is the first season since he joined Lazio from Barcelona that he has truly impressed and the defender looks to be an important part of the club’s future.

The 27-year-old has played 59 times in Serie A for the Biancocelesti since signing on a free in 2015. Whilst at Barcelona, Patric did not make a single appearance in La Liga but did come on a substitute in a UEFA Champions League match, where he replaced veteran defender Carles Puyol in a 2-1 loss against Ajax in the group stage.