Mourinho prepared for Premier League games behind closed doors

PUBLISHED: 12:51 30 April 2020 | UPDATED: 13:00 30 April 2020

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho wants to see the game return 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho wants to see the game return Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Jose Mourinho is backing moves for the Premier League to resume in the coming weeks - even if that mean matches behind closed doors.

All 20 top flight clubs, including Norwich City, will be represented again remotely at the next scheduled shareholders’ meeting on Friday as football continues to try and draw up plans in the midst of the global pandemic.

The professional game has been suspended in the UK since March and will only return when it is safe to do, with on going dialogue between key stakeholders and government and public health officials.

‘Project Restart’ is a plan that reportedly aims for Premier League games to return in June, should there be an easing of the current lockdown restrictions in place across society.

Spurs’ chief Mourinho is currently helping deliver fresh food from Tottenham’s training ground to their stadium to distribute to the local community. The Tottenham stadium is also being used as a base for patients from North Middlesex Hospital’s Women’s Outpatient Services.

”I miss football,” Mourinho told Sky Sports News.

“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.

“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.”

In both Holland and France, the domestic season has now been cancelled following further government guidance regarding sporting events in the respective countries.

French sports publication L’Equipe report on Thursday Paris Saint-Germain are set to be awarded the title while Amiens and Toulouse will be relegated, using a points to matches played calculation.

In that scenario FC Lorient and RC Lens would be promoted into Ligue 1 for the 2020/21 season.

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