If it is already very difficult to endure confinement at home for a normal person, for an elite athlete it is much more. Del Cerro Grande strictly follows the training plan that has been sent to him from the CTA, where "training is key to achieving optimal physical and mental performance", as he acknowledges in an interview with Radio Marca.
The international referee cannot follow the usual training routine, but this confinement has been good for him to "develop inventiveness", since "not all of us have a great gym at home, I simply have some equipment and I don't train the same, but I try to do strength, elasticity and some aerobic", says the man from Madrid. Surely he has taken the exercise very seriously because "I have not put on weight, quite the contrary", he jokes. What the referee also knows first-hand is the National Police, which was his profession until a leave of absence was requested to dedicate himself exclusively to professional refereeing. Therefore, he dedicated a few words to all those who breach the confinement rules. "It makes me sad. I am puzzled day after day at the number of arrests and complaints to people for these breaches. I hope that people become aware once and for all", he reflects. On how is living during Covid-19, the referee from Madrid considers that it is "a disgrace" and "a slap in the face" and that he is now "like everyone else, confined in my house with my wife and my children, spending every day in the best possible way. We do not give enough value to the little things, such as preparing dinner, pick up the children... and now we are sharing these moments. It is the positive part - if you can use that word with this very delicate situation - of this disgrace", he relates. With regard to the decision to be made on how the football season will end, Del Cerro Grande believes that "the Federation and the League are the ones who have to determine this. We all would like football to return and the competitions, provided the right hygienic conditions are in place. Closed-door matches are rare. Football is passion, feeling, and people in the stands. You must be surrounded by people. But now this is all secondary".
Source: El Arbitro de Futbol