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Lloris wants Premier League title settled on the pitch


Paris (AFP) – Hugo Lloris believes that ending the English Premier League season without declaring Liverpool champions would be “cruel”, but the Tottenham captain wants the final table decided on the field.

The goalkeeper is following the English social isolation rules at home with his family in London, helping his two oldest daughters with their homework while trying to stay fit in case the reason restarts.

“We’re in a situation where everyone wants to finish and get the verdict from the pitch,” Lloris told French sports daily L’Equipe. “It would be terrible if it all ended like that with nine or 10 games to go in the Premier League.”

“We’re coming into the most exciting, beautiful time of the season. Nobody wants it to end like this.”

Liverpool lead the table by 25 points.

“It would be cruel for Liverpool with the lead they have. They’re practically champions.

“There would be a taste of the unfinished business.”

The France captain says that resuming the Premier League without fans will be strange.

“It’ll be weird wherever it happens. Football is not a closed-door sport,” he said. “Without spectators, it’s not the same sport. That’s not how I see football. 

“We’re here to bond, to share our emotions. We all want full stadiums, with atmosphere, fans, colour and song.” 

“But you have to take the context into consideration.”

“Everyone has to find the right compromise between health, which is above all else, and the need to finish this season,” he added. 

The British government still has not given any indication when football will be able to resume.

“We have to be ready. Just in case,” said Lloris, who was among the players to return to Tottenham’s training centre last week for individual sessions. 

The World Cup winner contributed the gloves he wore when Tottenham lost the 2019 Champions League final to Liverpool in France for one charity auction. They raised 4,800 euros ($5,250). 

He also organised a France team auction with Blaise Matuidi, the Juventus midfielder, and Raphael Varane, the Real Madrid defender, and raised more than 300,000 euros for Paris hospitals.

“This gesture does not represent much compared to the investment made by caregivers,” he said. 

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  1. Yespage

    May 4, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    The title is tainted regardless how this finishes. Liverpool weren’t merely aiming for the title. They were aiming for history. That will never been seen. If they are awarded the title with no more games, it’ll feel hollow. If they play a couple more games and win the title in front of no crowd, it’ll feel hollow. If they aren’t awarded the title because the season is toast, it’ll feel hollow.

    It is first world problems. It doesn’t equate to the suffering and death, but ultimately, there is nothing that the EPL can do that’ll make this title feel like it should have.

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