One year since Thompkins

It is one year since the basketball player's positive for coronavirus, the first in Madrid. Since then, the pandemic has forced the club to transform.

One-year-since-Thompkins

The coronavirus pandemic also celebrates a year at Real Madrid. 365 days ago the positive Trey Thompkins, player of the basketball section, was known. It was the first in a club member. The disease was already unstoppable and soon after the confinement began, causing the suspension of the different competitions. Since then, many things have changed in the entity, which has been forced to adapt in the best possible way to this complicated situation to avoid the maximum possible setbacks.Economy

Without a doubt, it is in this section where the impact of the pandemic has been most noticed. The club has seen its economy come to a halt, losing much of its usual income. The closure of the Bernabéu with boxes included, the collapse of advertising agreements or the fall in the sale of merchandising, among other things, have seriously weakened the club's treasury, which recognized 91 million in losses and a budget cut of 300 million. The good news is that the accounts were quite healthy before the coronavirus spread around the world, so the board expects a recovery in two or three years.

Santiago Bernabéu

One of the few positive aspects (perhaps the only one) that the arrival of the pandemic has meant for Real Madrid is the acceleration in the construction of the New Bernabéu. The club is going to spend almost 800 million euros to renovate the white sanctuary to make it one of the most modern stadiums in the world. The work, which began in June 2019, was scheduled to last four years, until the summer of 2023. However, the absence of the public has allowed the team to play its matches at the Valdebebas Sports City, which, in its opinion, Once, it has allowed the works to catch up to cruising speed. It is expected that they can be closed at least six months before the expected date, at the end of 2022, and the public could begin to return next September.Valdebebas

The Ciudad Deportiva has established itself as the white club's bunker. Security measures have been multiplied to prevent outbreaks in the different sections and categories of La Fábrica. For the first team, it is still an advantage to be able to concentrate on the same place where they later play the match. Thus, the first meetings at the Alfredo Di Stéfano were really very positive: they added seven victories in a row. However, this season the good streak has been twisted and the advantage no longer seems to be so much: he already has three defeats in the League.

Coronavirus League

Playing at Di Stéfano, Madrid won one of the most unusual and difficult leagues in its history. In a different context due to the pandemic, without an audience in the stadiums and after confinement, the team was forced to overcome the two-point advantage that FC Barcelona had to take the lead. Not only did he succeed, but he also showed impeccable consistency (10 wins and one draw) that allowed him to lift his 34th League on the penultimate round. In that streak, the goalscoring balance was 21 in favor and only six against. He did not have the same fate in the Champions League, being unable to come back against Manchester City in the Etihad and being eliminated in the round of 16.Squad

Very related to the economic section, Madrid has had to make adjustments to its squads to cope with the pandemic in the best possible way. Important exits have been made, such as the transfer of Bale (to save his 28 million token) or the sales of Achraf (40 million) and Reguilón (30). On the other hand, there have been no additions to either the football or basketball sections. The idea of the directive is to live a year of transition without making great expenses, thinking about playing the storm, and considering signings in the next one. That is where names like Haaland or Mbappé appear, which will force the club to make significant investments.

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