Premier League bosses Ralph Hasenhuttl and Graham Potter insist football can continue amid a second national lockdown.
The English game came to a halt back in March just days before the outbreak of COVID-19 forced the UK to completely close down.
But as the nation prepares for another lockdown this week, both Southampton coach Hasenhuttl and Brighton counterpart Potter believe the 2020-21 season should carry on.
Hasenhuttl said: “Absolutely. Not only are we better prepared but also better organised.
“We have shown this bubble works. We had testing again on Thursday and nobody was a positive in the whole bubble.
“So we know how to handle and deal with it. We keep ourselves socially-distanced in the building, wear masks the whole time and stick to the protocol as much as possible.
“The Premier League has shown it works. This is the most important thing and, for me, there is no reason why we should be stopping.
“I think the risk gets less if there is a national lockdown because players will have even less contact with anyone else outside the building.”
Potter is also optimistic that football can survive this time round.
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The Seagulls supremo added: “I’m no expert and can only think back to the last lockdown and the feelings that were there at that point.
“It was new – maybe this second lockdown won’t be quite as traumatic as the last one.
“We have a better understanding of what the virus is. There was a lot of fear before.”