Jose Mourinho Wants Premier League Return For “Good Of Football”

Jose Mourinho wants the Premier League season to be completed even if it means matches will be held behind closed doors saying a return of football will be a much-needed morale boost for fans starved of action during the coronavirus crisis.

The Premier League has been suspended since 9 March due to the pandemic, which has claimed more than 26,000 British lives.

The French Ligue 1 was abandoned and PSG declared champions on Thursday while the Dutch and Belgian top flights have also called an end to their seasons although a vote on confirming the cancellation of the Belgian top flight was postponed until next week.

England’s top-flight clubs are due to meet on Friday to discuss the so-called “Project Restart” on how they can complete the season despite the logistical difficulties.

And Tottenham Hotspur manager Mourinho told Sky Sports that a return of football will be good for the sport.

“I miss football,” Mourinho told Sky Sports from the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, which has been transformed to house a testing centre, outpatient services for a local hospital and a food distribution hub.

“But I prefer to say I miss our world like I think we all do. Football is just part of my world. But we have to be patient, this is a fight that we all have to fight.

“If we play the remaining nine matches this season it will be good for every one of us.

“It will be good for football, for the Premier League. If we play football behind closed doors I’d like to think that football is never behind closed doors.

“With cameras, it means that millions and millions are watching. So if one day we walk into this empty stadium, it will not be empty, not at all.”

Mourinho also confirmed that the suspension has given Spurs’ injured players such as Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Steven Bergwijn time to recover.