Premier League Post-Lockdown: On Closed Doors and Club Performances
Many fans are surely delighted for the come back of the rest of the season for this year’s League. Fans are now back to their Premier League habits. However, there have been a few changes and this includes how the matches are now happening behind closed doors and that people are now placing their bets online instead. Silentbet.com is a great place to check if you’re intending to place your bets online. It lets you know which bookies are the best when it comes to the odds and rewards offered.
And so, people are now getting used to the changes that are the effects of the pandemic, but how are the clubs dealing with these changes and how are the matches affected by everything that happened and are still happening? We have the answers for you.
Surely, the matches right now are different from what the clubs are used to since the beginning of the League. Everton’s forward Richarlison de Andrade spoke about this in an ESPN Brasil interview. He said, "We are used to having fans shouting, asking for pictures, singing our songs. It is a little weird, but we have to get used to this. Hopefully, we can go through all this soon so that the fans can come to the matches."
The matches happening behind closed doors have always been an option even before the League got suspended in March. Before a decision was made about the suspension of the matches, it was already expected that if the League does return, the matches will be happening behind closed doors because the UEFA was determined to finish the season instead of canceling it. What became more of a debate was why the matches should take place or not on neutral grounds instead. Still, continuing the rest of the seasons without fans inside the stadiums was the best way to go.
The goalkeeper of Manchester City, Ederson Santana de Moraes also believes that it’s just the right thing to do. He also said to ESPN Brasil that it feels good to be back, but this is something they never experienced before. They all feel that the match and the environment they are in are different. It’s simply not the same as playing with fans in the stadium.
He then said, "However, at the moment that we live, that would not be appropriate. I found the feeling of playing without fans and playing the way we played very differently from the usual] with all the precautions we took before the match, too."
Chelsea’s striker Olivier Giroud also told ESPN pretty much the same thing. Giroud said, "It doesn't have the same feeling, of course," Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud told ESPN. "It is really strange at first, and then you try to get used to it. It has less charm to play with no fans. Also, the pitch feels much bigger with no fans in the stadium! It is crazy to say because it is the same pitch, but it does feel bigger! The bearings and points of reference are not the same.
"And at least the managers are happy because now we can hear easily everything they tell us, even when they don't shout!" the athlete joked.