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Jose Mourinho dismisses idea of a Premier League two-week Covid-19 circuit-breaker

Jose Mourinho dismisses idea of a Premier League two-week Covid-19 circuit-breaker insisting ‘if you have 14 players available then you have to play’ – but Tottenham manager isn’t asked about his players’ own breach of protocols during Christmas

  • Jose Mourinho dismissed idea of the top flight having two-week circuit breaker
  • Sam Allardyce among those to have called for the Premier League to adopt idea 
  • Tottenham boss Mourinho insists that team should play if they have 14 players 

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has stressed that he doesn’t agree with claims that the Premier League should have a two-week Covid-19 circuit-breaker.

Mourinho insisted that teams should play if they have 14 players available.

He was frustrated after Tottenham’s game against Fulham in midweek was called off at short notice.

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho dismissed the suggestion of a two-week circuit breaker

Speaking after the game versus Leeds, Mourinho told BT Sport: ‘I don’t agree with that. I go back to the initial rules of if you have 14 players available then you have to play. I think every club does the best for their players to try and keep them all safe. 

‘But then there are moments in private lives which you cannot control. Not everyone can be blamed for that. I think we have to carry on. If somebody has some positives, you have to play.’

Mourinho insisted that if teams have 14 players available then they should have to play

Mourinho insisted that if teams have 14 players available then they should have to play

Several Premier League games have been called off recently as a consequence of coronavirus cases, including Burnley’s clash against Fulham, which was scheduled for Sunday.

West Brom manager Sam Allardyce suggested that the Premier League should have a two-week circuit-breaker to help deal with the issue, but Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp agrees with Mourinho that such a scenario shouldn’t occur. 

After the game against Fulham was called off just hours before kick off, Mourinho described the situation as ‘unprofessional’. 

He said: ‘I don’t want to speak too much about it. Just to say that I felt unprofessional but that’s the way it is or that’s the way it was,’ 

Mourinho was not asked specifically about the members of his squad who breached coronavirus protocols at Christmas.

Tottenham stars Sergio Reguilon, Erik Lamela, Giovani Lo Celso and West Ham's Manuel Lanzini are believed to have broken Covid-19 rules by spending Christmas together

Tottenham stars Sergio Reguilon, Erik Lamela, Giovani Lo Celso and West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini are believed to have broken Covid-19 rules by spending Christmas together

Tottenham issued an apology after Sergio Reguilon, Giovani Lo Celso and Erik Lamela, along with West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini, spent Christmas together.

The four players were pictured in one house with 11 other adults, two children and a baby. 

People living in Tier 4 areas were not permitted to mix with people from outside their household at Christmas. 

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