Premier League: Leicester City to prepare in empty stadium to experience 'feel' of spectator-less matches, says manager Brendan Rodgers

'We’ll play at the King Power, so they’ll feel and get a sense of that,' said Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers.

Reuters June 01, 2020 11:07:42 IST
Premier League: Leicester City to prepare in empty stadium to experience 'feel' of spectator-less matches, says manager Brendan Rodgers

Leicester City will hold practice matches at an empty King Power Stadium to prepare their players for games without fans when the Premier League resumes this month, manager Brendan Rodgers said.

Premier League Leicester City to prepare in empty stadium to experience feel of spectatorless matches says manager Brendan Rodgers

File image of Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers. AP

The English top-flight, which has been suspended since 13 March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume on 17 June with all matches to be played behind closed doors

“We’ll have some practice games in our own stadium before we play. We’ll play at the King Power, so they’ll feel and get a sense of that,” Rodgers told British media.

The Premier League is exploring the use of audio effects and computer-generated ‘fans’ to improve the viewer experience of watching behind closed doors games but Rodgers said the game would not be the same without fans.

“It’s absolutely not. It can’t be,” Rodgers said.

“However, it’s what we have to do. The intensity and commitment of players will still be there. We’d love our supporters to be there but there won’t be any.

“We’ll have a cause we’ll be fighting for. They may not be with us in the stadium but there will be millions of people watching, thousands of Leicester supporters around the world... we have a duty for them to do the best we can.”

Leicester are third in the league on 53 points, four behind second-placed Manchester City, who have played a game less.

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