Jose Mourinho has admitted that communicating with his players is much easier without fans in the stadium but insisted that he wants spectators to return to grounds as soon as possible.
It does not look as though fans are going to be allowed to return to stadia any time soon with the UK culture secretary, Oliver Dowden insisting last week that now is not the time to allow supporters back even in limited numbers (BBC Breakfast via Football.London).
Spurs have voiced their support to the ‘Let Fans In’ campaign which called for football supporters across the country to be allowed to attend matches at all levels.
The club even proposed a test event at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for 31,000 fans last month, only to be turned down by the government (Evening Standard).
One person who seems to be benefiting from the absence of fans is Jose Mourinho, with 90 min’s Ben Haines remarking how loud the Spurs boss is on the touchline.
Mourinho has now admitted that it is easier for him to get his messages across but insisted that it was harder to motivate the players in empty stadiums.
When asked what it was like to manage without fans, he told in an interview to Sky Sports Soccer AM (starting at 1.07 in the video): “It’s easier because communication is very very easy. The player on the other side of the pitch can listen to us. Our communication is of course much easier.”
“But it is a more difficult job in the sense of motivating the players, keeping the focus, keeping the concentration. Of course, it is very very difficult.”
When asked if he misses having spectators, the Spurs boss said: “Everybody misses the fans. We didn’t fall in love with the game without fans. Everybody fell in love with the game because of the emotion around the game. Of course, it is totally different. So hopefully, we have them back as soon as possible.”
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