Son Heung-min has admitted that he misses playing in front of the Spurs fans as the players get set to begin pre-season training on Monday ahead of the new season.
It looked at one point like the 2019/20 season might not be completed after the COVID-19 pandemic struck but the Premier League did a fantastic job ensuring the safety protocols necessary to complete the campaign behind closed doors.
After more than two months of watching teams play in empty stadiums, there is a feeling that it is almost becoming the new normal.
In fact, reports indicate that it might take quite a while before sporting venues are given the green light to fill to capacity again, with the entirety of the 2020/21 season potentially being played in front of reduced capacity (BBC Sport).
Son admitted that he cannot wait for the day when he plays in front of 60,000-plus screaming home fans again at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the 28-year-old said: “It’s so sad not to be able to see the fans in our beautiful stadium. The players all miss these guys and hopefully, we’ll see them as soon as possible. We miss them so much.
“We need the supporters’ help, but it’s up to us on the pitch as well, we’re playing football, not them. They have supported us amazingly, watching on TV or on a laptop, so we have to give them something back.
“We will try to be positive and hopefully we’ll give them something back next season. I can’t wait to get the ball rolling again, can’t wait to see them at the stadium. This is most important for me.
“Without the fans at the stadium, it feels like I’m playing alone! I hope I can see the fans as soon as possible.”
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With no clarity on how long a potential vaccine will take, all indications at this moment seem to be that next season might also be played behind closed doors. Hopefully, the transmission rates keep dropping and we slowly see fans being allowed to filter back into the grounds at a reduced capacity in a few months’ time. At this point, it is anyone’s guess how quickly or slowly things progress.
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