Boxing Day in Premier League also in the Corona year

Dhe Boxing Day and Jürgen Klopp – so far the traditional game day on Boxing Day in the Premier League has not caused much joy for the 2020 world coach. Too many games, too little relaxation for his professionals, Klopp always complained. This year, however, the coach of English soccer champions Liverpool FC is lucky. “We now have more time to recover than ever before in the season,” said the former Bundesliga coach.

In the past few weeks, the 53-year-old rattled against the schedule, the broadcasting TV stations, the TV contracts or the kick-off times due to the high level of exposure. Now the Premier League leaders can almost relax. One day after Boxing Day, the traditional club West Bromwich Albion will host the match at Newcastle United on December 30th. Klopp expects tough games, not only on Sunday against West Brom. “We know how hard it is, how hard it was and how hard it will be,” he emphasized on Christmas Eve.

For Pep Guardiola and rival Manchester City, Boxing Day continues 48 hours later and without the professionals Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker who tested positive for the corona virus. “Now Newcastle, then Everton and only two days difference,” said the former Bayern coach, annoyed. There will be no winter break like last year because of the season that started later due to the coronavirus pandemic. The schedule is tightly timed until the end of the season on May 23, 2021, much to the delight of the broadcasting TV stations.

Trainers admonish and criticize

The coaches admonish and criticize, otherwise the Christmas party day is usually raved about. “It’s just something special, in terms of the mood and for the people,” said TV expert Dietmar Hamann, who was able to experience the Boxing Day games with Liverpool, Manchester City and Newcastle United in front of a crowd that was sold out. Markus Babbel, also once with Liverpool FC, emphasized in “Kicker”: “This tradition is sacred to the English.” The entire time around Christmas and New Year is an extremely high burden for the players. “When you have finished the ten days, you are first chemically cleaned.”

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