Lampard says Chelsea v City is on ‘for now’, Pep rants at Everton, Jose blasts ‘unprofessional’ Premier League and Klopp insists NO circuit-breaker is necessary as virus dominates press conferences
- Premier League managers have had their say on the latest coronavirus chaos
- Two games were postponed this week owing to outbreaks at City and Fulham
- Jose Mourinho branded the top flight ‘unprofessional’ for disrupting his side
- Pep Guardiola slammed Everton as Frank Lampard said the game is going ahead
- Jurgen Klopp said a two-week ‘circuit breaker’ is not necessary at this stage
Premier League managers have had their say on the latest coronavirus chaos as top flight action is set to continue amid a surge in cases among England’s top division.
This week has seen the Premier League most heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic with two games postponed, as Everton vs. Manchester City and Tottenham vs. Fulham were abandoned due to outbreaks within the camps of the two away sides.
There have been varied calls as to what the top flight should do amid the concerning rise in cases, with West Brom boss Sam Allardyce calling for a two-week ‘circuit breaker’ while others have pleaded against knee jerk reactions.
Premier League bosses have had their say on the coronavirus chaos among the top flight
English football has been rocked by a surge in coronavirus cases in the past week
And Frank Lampard, Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp have had their say over the biggest talking point in English football ahead of the weekend’s games.
Spurs boss Mourinho branded the Premier League ‘unprofessional’ for leaving it late before calling off the Spurs game, insisting that the chaos disrupted his team.
‘I don’t want to speak too much about it. Just to say that I felt unprofessional but that’s the way it is or that’s the way it was,’ he said ahead of the Leeds United game.
‘We were preparing ourselves for that match and of course we didn’t play and that’s disruptive of what’s a week of work.’
Manchester City’s trip to Everton and Fulham’s visit to Spurs were both postponed this week
Jose Mourinho branded the league ‘unprofessional’ for postponing the game against Fulham
Meanwhile, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola used his press conference to hit out at Everton after the Toffees requested ‘full disclosure’ as to why the game at Goodison Park was postponed.
‘We had enough players to play against Everton. We wanted to play. But the day of the game we released three more cases,’ the Spaniard said.
‘The virus was inside. I informed Carlo Ancelotti about the situation. What happened if the Everton players were infected from us? It was a huge risk.
Pep Guardiola (left) hit out at Everton for demanding ‘full disclosure’ over City’s covid outbreak while Frank Lampard (right) said his side’s game against City is set to go ahead at this stage
‘Hopefully when we go to Goodison Digne, RIcharlison, Allan, James can play and we will beat them. We would have loved to play the game but wisely the Premier League decided for the welfare of everyone not to increase the cases.’
Frank Lampard, whose Chelsea side play hosts to City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, said the game is still on by his understanding. He also added that non-playing staff have tested positive at the Blues.
‘I haven’t been given the chances of the game being cancelled. At the moment, the game is on,’ he said on Friday.
‘Man City have had some positives in their training ground and that’s the situation. We’ve had a couple of positives ourselves, not on the playing staff.’
Jurgen Klopp argued against a two week circuit breaker that was suggested by Sam Allardyce
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp disagreed with Allardyce’s verdict that the Premier League should take a two-week break amid the surge in cases.
‘I think the competition can go on and I think it’s important as well, because people want to watch it and we are in this case not part of the society, the one we usually live (in) – isolated, go to the training ground and stuff like this,’ he said.
‘So I think we can carry on but I’m no specialist and I respect all the decisions made in the next few weeks.
‘We all try to do our best to keep the competition going, I think it works well.
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