Jose Mourinho said bringing football back, even though fans aren’t allowed into the stadium would be good for everyone mostly as people are home obeying lockdown orders in different countries.
Because of the coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed more than 26,000 British lives, no Premier League match has been played since March 9. Dutch football authorities have called an end to the Eredivisie season while French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu on Thursday advised for the French league to end the Ligue 1 season.
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England’s top clubs are ready to meet on Friday with “reopening” football competitions in their minds. They’re going to be looking at how they can complete the season despite the difficulties on the ground.
“I miss football. But I prefer to say I miss our world like I think we all do. Football is just part of my world. But we have to be patient, this is a fight that we all have to fight,” Mourinho told Sky Sports from the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, which is currently a house for testing, outpatient services for a local hospital and a food distribution center.
If football is allowed it will be played behind closed doors to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Although Mourinho believes players will still be entertaining millions of bored fans all over the world.
“If we play the remaining nine matches this season it will be good for every one of us. It will be good for football, for the Premier League. If we play football behind closed doors I’d like to think that football is never behind closed doors.
“With cameras, it means that millions and millions are watching. So if one day we walk into this empty stadium, it will not be empty, not at all,” he said.
Before the shutdown, the Tottenham Spurs manager said he could not wait for the season to come to an end due to a debilitating list of injuries.
Tottenham Spurs may still finish late in the top four should the campaign get back, with Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko, Steven Bergwijn, and Son Heung-min — who is completing a short period of national service — now recovered from injury.
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“They are recovered from their injuries, so Harry Kane is not injured, Moussa Sissoko is not injured, Steven Bergwijn is not injured, but it is one thing not to be injured, it’s another thing to be ready to play football.”
“For them, it is many, many, many weeks of the injury and when the injuries were almost at an end, we stopped training. I don’t know, they don’t know, we have to wait for the official and right permission for the players to train again in groups to see if they can come back to a normal competition level,” Mourinho said.