Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl believes that the pandemic is not the decisive factor for the postponement of a number of Premier League games. He is hopeful that the rules for the postponements are changed. They have had two games postponed with their recent match against Newcastle postponed due to a number of injuries and positive cases. Leicester’s game against Everton was postponed due to a combination of coronavirus cases as well as African Cup of Nation absentees.
“I cannot speak about the situation there [Leicester]. I know our situation – we also have international call-ups, Covid cases, and a lot of injuries, but before we cancel a game we sign a new goalkeeper [Willy Caballero] and this is what we do,” Ralph Hasenhuttl said about the postponement of a number of Premier League games. “It was a clear message in the summer that we have to play when we have enough players. I cannot speak about the opposition’s situation but the Premier League should know the details. The transparency is not there for us.”
“I think it is relatively clear that not everybody is happy with this situation we have at the moment,” he added. “We are still in the pandemic, but the pandemic isn’t a decisive factor at the moment [in postponing games]. This situation of canceling the games cannot last and go on like this. “From our side, we’ve never canceled a game this season. Last season we had a similar situation against Manchester United, where we had eight or nine academy players and you lose the game.”