Premier League clubs set to delay restart date with Spurs vs Man Utd eyed as opening clash

Premier League clubs set to delay restart date with Spurs vs Man Utd eyed as opening clash

Premier League clubs are set to push for the 2019/20 campaign to restart later than June 12. Tottenham Hotspur‘s home clash against Manchester United has been pencilled in as the big match to get the season back up and running.

Premier League action has been on hold since Leicester City romped to a 4-0 win against relegation-threatened Aston Villa on Match 13 due to the coronavirus crisis.

Project Restart stepped up a gear when players returned to their respective training grounds for socially-distanced training in groups of five last week.

The Government has given the green light to close-contact training while full matches will be permissible from June 1 under new guidelines.

A raft of meetings are scheduled to take place in the coming days to move to ‘Phase Two’ of the return to training protocols and draw up a framework for the return to match action.

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The Premier League has been encouraged by the Bundesliga’s safe return to action. Germany’s top-two divisions have enjoyed two weekends of action behind closed doors without controversy.

While the sterility of Bundesliga games has been highlighted, the overwhelming majority are pleased just to have football to watch.

But Burnley boss Sean Dyche has warned that fans are in for a shock when football resumes on these shores.

“This is going to be totally different,” he said. “The early games will be like the end of a pre-season.

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“You might get a few odd results. Firstly, the chances are it is going to be hotter. We do not normally play through a summer programme so that will be different.

“Secondly, the games are going to be coming around much quicker. That has to be figured into it when people talk about the tempo.

“They should not just think that there is no crowd so that explains why the tempo is different. It is not just that.

“Those two factors are going to make it different as well. It is going to affect things and people need to be open-minded about that.”

Published at Mon, 25 May 2020 13:43:00 +0000