Jose Mourinho has made a strong defence of Project Restart by insisting it is time for football to be selfless and give society what it needs.
The Premier League season is set to resume on June 17th after several rounds of talks between stakeholders to ensure conditions were safe.
There have been detractors of the Premier League’s plans to return amidst concerns over the safety of the players, but the Tottenham manager seems comfortable with the lengths that the English top-flight bosses have gone to maximize safety and thinks now is the time for us to just…crack on.
“I think, football… we shouldn’t be selfish, we shouldn’t demand too much. It’s our time to give,” he told the club’s official website. “For example, when players play Euros and World Cups, they barely have a holiday, they don’t have pre-season, they come directly from holiday and sometimes they train less than a week to play the first Premier League match.
“At this moment, people are worried about trying to have what they never have. For example, speaking about pre-season injuries, there are pre-season injuries. Everyone has pre-season injuries in normal seasons, so we cannot expect now not to have an injury here, an injury there. We cannot ask for more than the authorities are giving us, which is the maximum security, and I think now it’s time just to play and to give people what people want.”
Mourinho will be itching to get back out there now that he has Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Moussa Sissoko and Steven Bergwijn all fit again to boost our hopes of clawing back the seven-point deficit to the top four places.
And I’m itching to watch Premier League football again. Yes, the decision to bring it back is economically driven, but other countries have proven it can be done. It will make lockdown a lot more bearable for a lot of people.