Premier League decides first match, but Jose Mourinho delays restart


Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho
Spurs boss thinks players need four full weeks of training before playing again (Image: Getty)

Premier League leaders want to resume the season with a clash Friday night between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, although their plans were postponed after intervention by Jose Mourinho.

Although the 20 clubs have yet to agree on the campaign restart, the Premier League is continuing its “project restart” plans and has already established a timetable for the conclusion of the season.

With the focus on returning football to “cheer up the nation,” the league lobbied for the remaining 92 games to be available on television.

Marcus Rashford held a masterclass the last time United and Spurs clashed (Photo: Getty)

According to the Daily Mail, the bosses of the league plan to have a football bargain every weekend, with matches staggered on Saturday and Sunday and sandwiched between matches Monday through Friday evening.

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To kick off the resumption of the season, a Friday night clash between Manchester United and Tottenham was designated as the first match of the campaign’s abbreviated end – a match to be played on the weekend the Premier League was suspended .

The match will of course take place in the new state-of-the-art Spurs stadium without fans after the clubs have rebelled against plans to play on neutral venues and the green police have expressed their desire to continue playing in their usual stadiums .

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Although the Premier League has set a start date for Friday June 12, it will likely be pushed back to June 19 after Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho voiced concerns about the plans at a meeting on Wednesday between managers.

Head coaches from all clubs joined a video call to discuss the potential schedule, which would see players returning to action in a month after several weeks of progressive training.

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But, according to The Mirror, Mourinho insisted that players need at least a month to prepare for a return to action after seven weeks off.

Nor was he a lone voice of dissent, with several of his colleagues supporting him, including Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Premier League medical consultant Mark Gillett was also on call, as well as the British government’s deputy medical chief Jonathan Van Tam, and although all managers want to start playing again, they will not do so until their safety and that of their players has been guaranteed.

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