'Jealous...Envious' - Exclusive: Phillips reacts to Mourinho's Spurs claim
Kevin Phillips has claimed players will be “envious” and “jealous” of the Bundesliga after Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho said his players are itching to get back.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted it would be “a credit to everybody in the country” if the Premier League returned next month.
Yesterday, the Premier League made a significant step toward returning in mid-June when clubs voted unanimously for close contact training to return.
Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training, marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so
— Premier League (@premierleague) May 27, 2020
In an interview with Sky Sports, Jose Mourinho suggested his players and coaches had found their most difficult moment to be when the Bundesliga restarted.
Phillips was unsurprised by the former Chelsea manager’s comments and expects the majority of players to be desperate to return to action as soon as possible.
“I am not surprised at all,” he told Football Insider.
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“They will be twiddling their thumbs, trying to get fit. It is all we know as footballers.
“All of a sudden Germany are allowed to play and we are not, you are envious, you are jealous. Whether it is behind closed doors or not you are still competing.
“I had no doubt that they would vote contact return because they want to get this league started.
“What a relief it would be and it would be a credit to everybody in the country if we can get it going. It would be fantastic for everyone involved.
“Players will have missed passing, scoring a goal, a tackle.”
Mourinho told Geoff Shreeves: “Honestly, since the moment Bundesliga started, the Portuguese league and Spanish league announced a date to start, I think it is the most difficult moment for us, because we want to play.
“It is hard to see other countries playing football and we don’t do it.”
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