Premier League managers debate mission ‘impossible’ after City Covid-19 outbreak

Premier League managers have given their thoughts on the current status of the Premier League after a Covid-19 outbreak at Manchester City.

Five City players tested positive for coronavirus, adding to Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling who both did the same on Christmas Day, leading to their clash with Everton on Monday to be postponed.

The Sky Blues are due to face Chelsea on Sunday, but the game is in serious doubt, leading to more complications with the fixture list.

And speaking ahead of the game, Blues boss Frank Lampard insists that people’s health and safety must always come first.

“From our point of view, I’ll find out more in the next day or two to make sure it has to be safe for the two teams. If not, the game won’t go ahead,” he said.

“I think the Premier League have their rules and directives on that.

“I’m not surprised because at the moment the way that Covid is in the UK is difficult for everybody, and football isn’t very different at all times.

“We’ll just have to see what the Premier League come up with. Safety will be paramount.”

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson admits that it is an impossible situation to control.

The 73-year-old stated: “This is showing that in a moment in time where the virus is spreading quite rapidly, it’s impossible for people however well shielded they are by the Premier League protocols that we have, it’s impossible to totally shield people from getting it.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers said he believed that sticking to the protocols was all he believed his side could do.

“We have to keep the vigilance and make sure that all the procedures are in place,” said the Northern Irishman.

“All the advice that we’re getting from the doctors and our science and medical teams, and we have to continue with those protocols.”

And Dean Smith of Aston Villa called for extra vigilance at these times.

He warned: “I’m always concerned, but we’ve got some very good protocols within the Premier League bubbles at the moment.

”We have to be extra vigilant, not just as footballers, but as normal people.”

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