Monday March 30 2020
Eysseric: 'We shouldn't have played'

Hellas Verona midfielder Valentin Eysseric has claimed the forced break arrive too late and they “never should have played” the match against Sampdoria.

The Blucerchiati have later revealed that several of their players have tested positive for coronavirus and the Gialloblu midfielder has pointed out that “everyone” underestimated the seriousness of the pandemic.

“This virus was initially taken lightly, everyone said it was just a flu, me as one,” he told Le Parisien. “We played behind closed doors against Sampdoria, but we should never have played that game.

“We learned later that several Blucerchiati players had tested positive for coronavirus.”

In hindsight, the 27-year-old who arrived on loan from Fiorentina in January, has tried to wrap his head around how they could carry on.

“What was the sense of playing behind closed doors when you then took the train, plane or bus, slept in a hotel and met referees, security officers, stewards and journalists?

“It’s not that the virus wasn’t present just because there weren’t 20,000 people in the stands…”

Eyserric didn’t play during the 2-1 defeat at the Marassi, which turned out to be their last match before football came at a standstill.

He has only appeared once since his move to the Bentegodi and four times in total in Serie A 2019-20.

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