Pep Guardiola says he is expecting English football to be played behind closed doors amid the outbreak and spread of the Coronavirus.
Several leading European leagues including Serie A and La Liga have already played games without spectators in a bid to combat the epidemic, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Wolves will all now due play their upcoming European away games without fans.
Italy’s Serie A has now been suspended until April, though several fixtures across European football will continue to be played behind closed doors.
Speaking ahead of Manchester City‘s clash with Arsenal at the Etihad tomorrow evening, Guardiola believes it is only a matter of time before English football follows suit, though the Spaniard says he would prefer games to be postponed.
🗣"Without people, I'd prefer not to play. We are here for the people"
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“We are conscious of it because it has happened already in Italy,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference. “The league is suspended, and in Spain the next two weeks are behind closed doors.
“It is going to happen here. The tendency rises at the same level as Italy before and in Spain right now.
“The other issue you have to ask is, is it worse to play football without the spectators? We do our job for the people and if the people cannot come to watch us, there is no sense.
“I would not love to play matches in the Premier League or Champions League or the cups without the people. But we are going to follow the instructions of the government.”