Mourinho looks ahead to Premier League restart and the impact of empty grounds

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho has spoken about the importance of the Tottenham players adapting to the feeling of playing behind closed doors ahead of a Premier League restart.

The remainder of the games this season will be held behind closed doors as the UK continues to fight against the spread of COVID-19.

Spurs played a friendly against Norwich City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Friday as they stepped up their preparation for the clash against Manchester United on June 19.

Mourinho revealed that the side will not play any more games ahead of the all-important clash against the Red Devils, continuing their normal preparation in the coming week.

He told Spurs TV: “We are not going to have any more friendly (before the United game). We think would be good but it is too risky.

“So we are going to do a normal preparation week starting from Monday and going until Friday.

“After that, two more days and we get West Ham. So the next few weeks are going to be busy.”

The Spurs boss also insisted that it was crucial that the players realise the importance of the nine upcoming fixtures, despite the lack of fans or atmosphere.

He added: “We are going to adapt to this new reality which was what we tried to do today. To have a feeling of playing with an empty stadium but that’s the way it is.

“We have to think that the points are there to fight for. With fans, without fans, the points are there. The points are on the pitch and ourselves and United have to fight for them.”

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I believe that playing without fans can help Spurs, particularly in the big games as it would be easier for the players to execute pragmatic game plans without the crowd getting on their back. It will be interesting to see the modifications that Jose makes to the team’s set up now that he has had time to work with the squad on the training pitch.

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