If there were one phrase to sum up what Joe Worrall said yesterday, it would be ‘the new normal’.
A phrase that has come synonymous with the past couple of months, and by the looks of it is going to make its way into the football lexicon as well as players adapt to the way the game is going to have to be played.
Speaking to the media ahead of Forest’s game with Sheffield Wednesday, the defender talked about one of the biggest differences that players will have to deal with, hinting that the team which deals with it the best will get a major boost when the action resumes:
“You can hear everything on the pitch when there are no fans, no crowd noise or music going on. It is key that we are all positive and look towards the same goal. You will see a lot of mistakes across professional football when there is no crowd there, so if we can cut the mistakes out and keep them to the bare minimum then we will be ok.”
We’ve seen the kind of impact that having no fans can have on games in the Bundesliga with home teams losing roughly half as many games at home than they were when fans were allowed into the stadium, 21.7% compared to 43.3%
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This suggests that a lot more games are going to be open and open to some rather crazy results, so it going to really be a case of the team that has their heads screwed on the most will come out on top, which is something else that Worrall touched upon:
“Technically and physically we are there but it is mentally that we need to be there”
And given how many games Forest have to play against teams that are still fighting for something at this stage of the season, one little slip up could make a difference for both teams and have a major impact on their seasons.
What about you? What do you make of Worrall’s comments surrounding the restart?