PSV coach Roger Schmidt thinks international football should be stopped in the coming months. The German saw a number of his players return last week with the corona virus among the members.
Schmidt himself has also been infected with coronavirus
“In the current situation with the virus, we have to consider whether it really makes sense to put players in a situation where they travel to other countries and potentially spread the virus,” Schmidt told Friday. The Telegraph.
“Now that things are heading this way and more and more people are getting infected, including within football teams, I think there is no point in playing international matches”, he continues. “It is not for me to decide and I understand the importance of international football, but in the end we all have to take care of the health of the players.”
PSV missed five players this week due to the corona virus. Eran Zahavi and Jordan Teze were infected last week during international matches with Israel and the Dutch Juniors respectively. This week, Cody Gakpo, Pablo Rosario and Maxime Delanghe also tested positive. It is still unclear whether they have since recovered.
PSV lost in the Europa League to Granada on Thursday. (Photo: ANP)
In any case, the people of Eindhoven are doing everything they can to prevent further spread of COVID-19. “Only when the numbers explode like now can you not keep the virus away from football,” said the 53-year-old coach. “It is often a coincidence or an unfortunate circumstance.”
Schmidt himself was also infected with the corona virus earlier this year. “In March. I know you can get it just like that. Fortunately, I remained free of complaints, just like my players.”
Mario Götze was not infected with the corona virus, but fell out with a muscle injury in the Europa League game with Granada (1-2 loss) on Thursday. Schmidt does not yet know whether the German midfielder can be used in the away match against Vitesse on Sunday. “We hope that his change has been early enough and that his injury is not too bad.”
PSV has started the Eredivisie season well and is in the lead with thirteen points from five games. Points were only lost on a visit to Heracles Almelo (1-1).
View the program and the position in the Eredivisie