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Brighton striker Glenn Murray has raised concerns about the Premier League. The 36-year-old has admitted that “rushing back” too soon, will mean that the players will face new challenges once matches resume.
According to Murray, playing through the heat of the summer will slow games down and test the fitness of players to the limit.
He said: “I think that will change the league quite a bit actually. Obviously, it will change without fans in the stadiums.
“I think there will be less pressure on the players, especially the home players, and I’m sure the heat will be a factor.
“We’re used to seeing a fast-paced Premier League. It might be a little bit slower in these summer months.”
A number of managers, players and team doctors had initially insisted on four weeks’ of full contact training to get players ready and avoid the risk of injuries. But Murray believes that the time given is enough to get them fit enough for matches.
He said: “I think it’s a fair amount of time, and also a longer amount of time than we thought we’d have, which is a bonus.
“We need to get ready as squads and run through tactical drills, get our fitness up as high as it can be, and get used to contact again.”
The Premier League is expected to resume on June 17.