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Ter Stegen: Barca have rarely been at better fitness levels

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, FC Barcelona
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Barcelona utilized the coronavirus hiatus for getting back to their physical best and are ready for La Liga to resume, says Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

La Liga took one step closer to continuing the current season following the decision to permit clubs to resume full-fledged collective training sessions on Saturday.

After remaining suspended for around three months, the Spanish top-flight is finally set to restart on June 11.

Sevilla will play Real Betis on the opening day with the match between Granada and Getafe following later in the day. FC Barcelona will visit RCD Mallorca on June 13 while Real Madrid will host Eibar the next day.

Barca, who leapfrogged Real Madrid atop the table just prior to the league’s suspension, will look to maintain their lead as they aim to get their hands on the title for the third consecutive season.

And goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen suggests the unwanted break has only worked in the favor of his side’s ambitions.

“The break was not the ideal situation, but having been able to recharge the batteries can only help us. We have rarely been at such a good physical level,” the official club website quotes ter Stegen.

“We really want to return. In the league, we are in a good position, but Real Madrid will not give us anything.

“In the Champions League, we have chances to qualify for the next round and we want to take advantage of them.”