Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says the player’s safety is at risk after his team was forced to play its Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanders on Sunday despite a Covid-19 outbreak.
Tuchel’s team requested that the match be postponed after reporting several positive cases at the club. Chelsea only had four outfield players on the bench when they drew 0-0 with the Wolves. It’s not safe,” Tuchel told BBC Sport. He added: “We talk about protecting the players and a safe environment, but it is not safe. I would not be surprised if the next test comes around and we have more positives.”
How should it stop if we sit on the bus and have dinner and just hang out together like nothing happened? Six of the 10 Premier League weekend matches were postponed due to Covid. Aston Villa’s match with Burnley on Saturday was canceled just two and a half hours before the scheduled start at 15:00 GMT.
The 20 high-level clubs will meet on Monday at 13:00 GMT to discuss the escalation of the crisis around the coronavirus pandemic. We can’t go on as usual Speaking after his team’s 2-2 draw at Tottenham on Sunday, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp described his own frustrations surrounding the current schedule.
The Reds are currently without players like Thiago, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Curtis Jones and Jordan Henderson due to Covid-related issues or poor health. We play now on Wednesday, Sunday and Tuesday,” Klopp said. That’s impossible. We don’t have the players. Maybe we could have another [Covid] case or two. We have to think about it, we can’t just pull it off.”
“First of all, take away the second semi-final of the Carabao Cup. Just play once, wherever you play it I don’t care. On December 26 and 28 it really is not possible. We would rather play but we need some help. If we continue, no. We can continue as usual. If we don’t play more and we have a break, I’m fine. But I know the problem. When do you want to play the games? It’s not so easy to fit them in. Before the coronavirus we said it was a problem.” a little busy and now he’s giving us a proper hit. ”
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said on Saturday he wants everyone to “play by the same rules” when it comes to deciding how things will progress. Having emphasized the importance of the league completing the season, the Premier League and the UK government have urged footballers to get vaccinated. The latest figures, released in October, said that 68% of top-flight English players had received two doses.