The Premier League explained this Friday that it maintains its “confidence” in resuming the competition during the month of June and recalled, in the words of its CEO, Richard Masters, that safety is “the most important thing” both in training and in the competition to avoid contagion of COVID-19 between the players, coaches and the rest of the workers.
“We have taken the first step,” Masters said in statements to the BBC. “It’s great for everyone, including fans, who can already see our players on training ground.” “We would not have taken the first step to re-train if we were not convinced that we had created a very safe environment for our players,” he added.
In this sense, without offering a specific date yet, Masters was “optimistic” with the month of June and said that the Premier has “confidence” in being able to play the nine days that remain, in total, 92 games to finish the domestic competition from England.
In addition, Masters also commented that he needed the clubs to be “flexible” and that ending the season would remain “a possibility” by schedule. “It is the first step and we must be sure that when we go to contact training we have completed those processes. We believe it is safe to return, “he said.
The leader of the Premier League is Liverpool, who is 25 points ahead of Manchester City. The players led by Jurgen Klopp have the title shot, a trophy that the entity ‘network’ has not conquered since 1990.
Liverpool ask to complete the league
Liverpool President Tom Werner called for the remainder of the Premier League season to be completed because it would be “good for the country.”
“The most important thing is that we find a way for those games to be played, because I think it would be good for the country,” said Werner.
Liverpool is virtual champion of the Premier League as it has a 25-point advantage over the second, Manchester City, with nine days remaining.
“The most important thing is security. I think that in the protocols that the Premier has made, someone says that it is safer to play behind closed doors than to go to the supermarket,” he said.
The teams have returned to training in small groups this week and intend for the exercises with contact to start next week, in what would be phase 2 of the return to normality in football.
Training sessions would follow eleven against eleven and after that the matches could begin behind closed doors. The league has set its goal on June 12 for the Premier League to return. .