Wolverhampton Wanderers will not worry about empty grounds, according to their former player Mel Eves, as per The Express and Star.
Eves reckons that Nuno Espirito Santo’s team will have no problems adjusting to playing Premier League games behind closed doors.
Is the Premier League season resuming too quickly?
The 2019/20 campaign is set to get back underway in just a couple of weeks, with Wolves due to restart with a trip to West Ham United, as this fixture was the first of their remaining matches to be previously postponed after the coronavirus pandemic struck the footballing world.
The league will return with empty stadia and, whilst Nuno’s side are used to playing in front of sizeable crowds in England’s highest division, Eves does not believe that the absence of supporters from grounds will affect them one bit.
“I think we will be OK,” he said.
“The understanding with the lads is first class. They’re that used to what they do, the way they play, the philosophy.
“With Nuno, since day one, it’s been 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 – everybody knows their jobs – and I think it’s just a matter of acclimatising back fitness-wise.
“They had that one game behind-closed-doors at Olympiacos, drawing 1-1 in the Europa League, and that was an excellent result which you would have taken all day long before the game.
“The Wolves lads will be fine as they’re excellent both home and away – they do not rely on the home support, although it is really helpful when Molineux is packed out.”
In preparation for playing behind closed doors, Wolves are understood to be exploring the possibility of at least one friendly match against another club before the term resumes.
Strict instructions include players driving to games in their own cars, with coaches set to referee matches. Played at either stadia or training grounds, clubs are said to be forbidden from travelling further than 90 minutes for a friendly. Full risk assessments will also have to be taken at any proposed friendly venues (as per Express & Star).
Nevertheless, Wolves currently sit in sixth place in the league table on 43 points with nine matches left to play, and whilst it is closely competitive among the chasing pack for an automatic Champions League spot, Eves says that his former side will not worry about empty grounds, which could perhaps give them an advantage over the pack. Indeed, they have already had experience of that situation from their Europa League trip to Olympiakos back in March.
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