Mourinho says talk of Premier League return offers 'light at end of tunnel'

José Mourinho said the potential return of Premier League football feels like a “light at the end of the tunnel” and the Tottenham manager is determined to complete the season even if it means matches being played without fans.

The league will hold a conference call with representatives of each club on Friday morning aimed at discussing and finessing a plan to bring the game back despite the Covid-19 crisis.

It is expected matches will be staged behind closed doors with only technical and essential support staff permitted to enter stadiums, which could be neutral. The hope is that the league could resume on the weekend of 13-14 June, although that will depend on government and public health guidance.

Mourinho told Sky Sports: “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. 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 [Spurs] stadium, it will not be empty, not at all.”

He added: “I miss football 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 we all have to fight.”

Mourinho is isolating at an apartment near Spurs’ training ground with three of his coaches, Carlos Lalin, Nuno Santos and Ricardo Formosinho. His family home is in central Londo, but he wanted to be close to the training ground because of government travel restrictions.

Mourinho also had an update on Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Steven Bergwijn, each of whom has recovered from long-term injury. “When the injury was arriving at an end, we stopped training,” Mourinho said. “I don’t know, they don’t know [when they will be match fit]. We have to wait for the right permission for them to train again in groups to see if they can come back to a normal competition level.”


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