After doing their coronavirus tests yesterday, those Fiorentina players and staff who tested clean returned to training this morning for the first time in over two months. It sounds like they’re still trying not to get too close to each other and that these sessions are going to be very fitness-oriented—the gym and showers are still shut down, so picture all the players driving home in their fancy cars, glued with sweat to the leather seats—but it’s still team training, dang it, and we’re excited.
Given that the current squad has some fantastic personalities, we’re trying to imagine what this first reunion looked like. As far as we can tell, the boys were truly exemplary in staying home and self-isolating, so they haven’t seen each other in a very long time. A few players may have missed this one—Franck Ribery just got back in town (wearing his pajamas, no less) after quarantining with his family in Germany, and Christian Kouamé may not be quite fit yet—but most of the band is back together.
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Igor and Nikola Milenković get into a friendly push-up competition. When they hit 10,000 by the end of the session, even Goku tells them to chill out. They keep going. We’re at 243,507 and neither shows any sign of slowing down.
Having spent a whole two months without shouting, Beppe Iachini confuses the hell out of the squad when his rested voice turns out to be the exact same pitch and frequency as Barry White’s.
Martín Cáceres still won’t put on a shirt. Or put down his mate. Or stop that seductively smouldering gaze. Uh, is anyone else suddenly uncomfortably warm too?
Every player is issued a complementary razor to get clean-shaven again. Lorenzo Venuti refuses in deference to his spectacular stache. Chiesa just chuckles and hands it back. Bart’s beard eats his and asks for another.
Everyone stands under the conveyor belt and gets a full 360 degree spraydown with Purell. Then they all just hug each other and go home.
Here’s your weekend thread. Stay loose, yall. And, if you’re not doing anything tomorrow, join us for this.