Well, I will say Congratulations are for the coronavirus pandemic, also known as COVID-19, which has managed to halt activities all across the world, 2020 to 2021 promises to be one hell of an exhausting premier league season in football history. Are the premier league players ready for this full-blown marathon with its difficulty and length that has not been experienced before? The coming year is packed with one of the most extended periods of competitive action and a run of fixture ever in premier league history as it returns from COVID-19 pandemic shutdown on Wednesday.
Even the most elite players are in for a surprise, both mentally and physically. The final of the rearranged Euro 2020 is set for July 11, 2021, as proposed, which is approximately 390 days from the Premier league restart, and some of the players are looking at only a pair of two weeks resting periods during this upcoming 13-month slog. Football is already back in action in countries like Spain, Italy, and Germany, with their elite players also looking to face some tough months going forward.
A tight schedule awaits for all
Spain, Italy, and Germany are taking a pronounced winter break as well as benefiting from some less congested fixtures. In contrast, up until February, the premier league does not take a brief shutdown. The top players in England should also brace themselves for some premier league action, European Involvement(Europa league, Champions league for the two clubs), international fixtures, and two domestic cup competitions (Carabao Cup and FA Cup). furthermore, some countries will participate in the month-long Africa Cup of Nations in January while some other countries will compete in the rearranged Copa America and Euros, which all, in turn, makes sure that there is no opportunity for rest for the players. ”
It is going to be incredibly difficult for players,” Dr. Tom Little, a sports scientist who has worked in the Premier League with Manchester City and Burnley, told ESPN. “I’m a big believer that athletes need some break, both mentally and physically. But you also have to consider things such as the risk of injury and whether players are physically robust enough to rest up without exposing themselves to deconditioning.
“With what is going to be such a truncated preseason between the end of this season and the start of next, there are a lot of difficult decisions to be made.”
It promises to be one punishing schedule for the elite players. For the England clubs that make it to the Europa League or champions leagues, they are both considering an eight-team mini-tournament with Lisbon and Frankfurt as the targeted locations. Before the 2020 to 2021 PL is set to kick off on September 12, they will only have just two weeks to rest. And so for top players like Raheem Sterling, Paul Pogba, Sergio Aguero and Marcus Rashford, it could be quite a ride before they can score some relaxing days probably on the beach.
Summer breaks won’t be needed due to the three months off during the lockdown
“In most summers, the players will get at least three weeks to rest fully; they jet off to Los Angeles, Ibiza or Dubai. But they are unlikely to be able to do that this time,” Little said. “Many will have had three months off during the lockdown, but without knowing when they would be back, it won’t have been a proper rest period for any of them. “In most summers, the players will get at least three weeks to rest fully; they jet off to Los Angeles, Ibiza or Dubai. But they are unlikely to be able to do that this time,” Little said. “Many will have had three months off during the lockdown, but without knowing when they would be back, it won’t have been a proper rest period for any of them.”
When the 2020 to 21 season finally kicks off, it will be relentless mainly because the Euros that was rescheduled will see to it that the end of domestic league seasons will not be able to be extended into the summer. The league, however, in most cases is expected to kick off a month later, probably somewhere in September, while the other ongoing campaigns wrap things up.