Pep Guardiola has launched an appeal to the British authorities to make the use of masks mandatory in every public outdoor space to avoid a new closure of the English stadiums.
“That’s what amazes me most,” said the Manchester City Catalan coach, “you go around the streets, in shopping malls, go buy a royal for the family and no one wears a mask. Scientists said from the start. that maximum protection is achieved by washing hands often and using masks “.
City are hosting Leicester City in today’s round of Boxing Day which also features Norwich-Arsenal, Tottenham-Crystal Palace, West-Ham-Southampton and Aston Villa-Chelsea. In this last match the Villains coach will not be on the bench, Steven Gerrard, who took Covid for the second time this year and will also miss the trip to Leeds next Tuesday.
The virus continues to plague the English top league: Last week almost 100 positive cases were identified in team groups and so far 13 matches have been postponed (including Liverpool-Leeds, Wolverhampton-Watford, Burnley-Everton on Boxing Day) that will be rescheduled in an already very busy schedule.
Critics were the coaches of Tottenham and Liverpool, Antonio Conte and Juergen Klopp who had asked to reduce the number of games from play, for example playing in the single match the semi-finals of the League Cup Chelsea-Tottenham and Arsenal-Liverpool, scheduled for the beginning of January.