Obradovic: We’ll need coffee for late start

Real Zaragoza defender Ivan Obradovic says players will need ‘two or three coffees to stay awake’ for La Liga’s planned late kick-offs.

The Spanish League has decided that some games will kick off at 11pm local time in the first three rounds of fixtures, with some clubs already having complained about the late hour.

Serbian left-back Obradovic, whose Zaragoza side take on Real Valladolid on August 20 in a game that will not end until the following day, feels it is something that could take some getting used to .

“It is very rare for me and everyone else. We have spoken about it amongst ourselves and playing at that time is very late, but there it is,” he told a Press conference.

“We will need to prepare well, maybe have two or three coffees to stay awake, but there will be no excuses.”

Los Manos lost to Numancia in a pre-season friendly on Friday, their third defeat in a row, but Obradovic says too much importance should not be attached to it.

“We need not worry too much because the Coach has brought new players in and wants to try different things before we play Valladolid in the opening fixture.

“I think we’ll be fine and he will pick the best team to win that game.”

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