Tottenham Hotspur coach José Mourinho said it was painful to see countries resume their first division seasons while English football remains suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tottenham Hotspur coach José Mourinho 10/03/2020 REUTERS / Annegret Hilse

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The German Bundesliga restarted on May 16, becoming the first major football league to return, while championships in Portugal and Spain are also approaching a comeback.

Professional football in England has been suspended since mid-March, but clubs unanimously voted on Wednesday to return to contact training and the Premier League was closer to a resumption in June.

“It is difficult to see other countries playing football and we are not,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.

“I always try to make our players love the Christmas period, where, instead of being sad, we are always happy to give people what they love at a time when no one else plays football.”

“At the moment, we are feeling a bit opposed to that. We want to play, but of course we respect the authorities, we trust what they and the Premier League say, we just need to follow the decision,” he added.

The extended break gave Spurs’ injured players like Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Moussa Sissoko and Steven Bergwijn time to recover, and Mourinho said everyone should be available when the season starts again.

“I can’t say right now that they are ready to play … but they are all no longer hurt,” he added.

Tottenham were in eighth place when the season was suspended.

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