“It’s hard to play at your maximum level after long seasons with all these games,“ he explained. ”Of course, they want to be part of a final, they want to be part of the Euros, the World Cup. Are we preparing them to play at the highest possible standard? That’s the challenge.

“We need to listen to them, of course, but everyone knows this year has been particularly difficult and special because of the pandemic.

“I think football has been a release for everyone from the, [let’s] call it, sanity but the mental health of the people, of the players as well. We’ve been privileged to play games, but the product will be better when the fans are back in so we need to listen to the fans. But it will be better if we got a couple more days before every game.

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