Former PL striker understands why Mourinho is ‘envious’ and ‘jealous’ of other clubs

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Dom Le Roy

Former Sunderland striker, Kevin Phillips, admits he completely understands why Jose Mourinho is itching for the Premier League season to come back after the resumption of football in Germany.

Mourinho gave an interview to Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves this week in which the Spurs boss talked about the various challenges that he, his coaching staff, and his players are facing during lockdown.

He admitted during the interview that the uncertainty around the Premier League restart date was particularly difficult for him to digest since the return of Bundesliga action.

Since Jose’s interview, the Premier League has announced that the competition will be returning on June 17 (Daily Mail).

Phillips claimed that it was only natural that footballers and managers would want to compete and insisted that he was never in doubt that the league season would resume.

When asked about Mourinho’s comments, Phillips told Football Insider: “I am not surprised at all. They will be twiddling their thumbs, trying to get fit. It is all we know as footballers.

“All of a sudden Germany are allowed to play and we are not, you are envious, you are jealous. Whether it is behind closed doors or not you are still competing.

“I had no doubt that they would vote contact return because they want to get this league started.

“What a relief it would be and it would be a credit to everybody in the country if we can get it going. It would be fantastic for everyone involved.

“Players will have missed passing, scoring a goal, a tackle.”

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The PFA survey that shed light on how the mental health of players suffered during lockdown didn’t get the attention that it deserved. Most players and people who work in football are used to working outdoors daily and having specific targets to work towards. When you suddenly take that away from people, it can certainly cause an existential crisis. Therefore, it isn’t surprising to me that the vast majority of players and staff are keen to return to action.

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