Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder says the Premier League must complete the 2019-20 campaign, regardless of the delays that may be imposed in subsequent seasons, in order to help preserve the integrity of the sport.
The Blades have enjoyed a remarkable first season in the 52-year-old's top echelon and are steadfast in their quest for Champions League football at the top of the table.
However, they have not played since the 1-0 victory over Norwich City on 7 March, as football around the world is suspended in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, without a definitive end to the hiatus. in cash.
Although clubs have tentatively marked the end of April as a possible return date, it is believed that they may be forced to wait even longer as the world struggles to deal with the ramifications. Now, Wilder weighed in on the prolonged dismissal of action, saluting his team's attitude, emphasizing that clubs should end the season, rather than conclude it in their current positions or nullify it completely, even if it means playing in empty stadiums. .
"Players have a responsibility to be ready if and when the season restarts," he told the Daily Mail. “I have 100% faith that they will take care of themselves.
"They worked incredibly hard to get into this situation this season, they worked incredibly hard to get into the Premier League and they are also a very restricted group.
"In the beginning, I didn't want to play the remaining games behind closed doors, but my point now is that if this is what it needs to be to end the season, then this is what it should be.
"There is no compromise on that. We have to end the season, no matter how long it takes.
"The idea of freezing positions as they are now is not for me, even if you look at the table and think that it would not be a bad result for this club from the selfish point of view.
“Everyone looks at it from a selfish point of view and they have to get out of it. The Premier League season is a race. There are 38 games. No matter how many points someone is ahead or how many points someone is behind, it is sport and anything can happen.
“If that means not going to Newcastle in front of 50,000 people, not playing for Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-finals against 30,000, not going to Manchester United in front of 75,000, it will be a disappointment.
“But there is a bigger picture here in terms of public health. We put this in perspective and therefore it will not hurt our season. When football starts again, I'm sure we can finish the season on a high. "
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