Tijuana coach gives team talk via Zoom after testing positive for COVID before match

Tijuana coach gives team talk via Zoom after testing positive for COVID before match
Tijuana coach Pablo Guidi was unable to take his place on the sidelines as his team lost 2-1 on Sunday to Cruz Azul after testing positive for COVID-19, but he was present in the team's conversation and in the first half via Zoom.

Guede was one of seven positive cases in Xolos, announced just hours before the match, and immediately went into quarantine, but the Argentine managed to influence the match from his home.

"[Guidi] spoke to the team, I was just the spokesperson," said substitute coach Ignacio Ruffalcaba, who is usually in charge of the club's youth system. "He called through Zoom from his home and gave instructions to analyze the game."

Ruffalcaba confirmed that aside from video calls with the players, Guede also participated in the substitutions.

"The changes were based on coach Pablo's signals," Ruffalcaba said. "I was on the field conveying the coach's ideas and making changes based on an analysis of what he was watching from his home watching the match ... It made sense, and I didn't want to achieve this freedom."

Four Xolos players tested positive for COVID-19 before the match, as did two other Cruz Azul players, bringing the total case count in Liga MX men's first-team players to 101, or 22 percent of players registered in 18 club teams. .

The first cases were confirmed on May 20, with eight positive cases in Santos Laguna. Since then, every club except for Pachuca has recorded cases of coronavirus, with Santos the largest number (19), followed by Cruz Azul (16) and Juarez (10).

Liga MX canceled the 2020 Clausura Championship last May, but the 2020 Guard1anes season kicked off behind closed doors on July 23. The Mexican First League continued amid positive results, the players were isolated and were only allowed to return to training after they had submitted a negative result. calendar.

Ten rounds of matches have been played so far in the season, with Pumas Onam finishing first and Cruz Azul tied for second place.

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