West Ham manager David Moyes has admitted that the friendly games ahead of the assumptions of the Premier League is very important for West Ham. The friendlies will prepare the teams ahead of June 17.
The first fixtures of games are here and the provisional restart date of June 17 for Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield has been agreed upon. After these two games, 29th matchday will be over and the 30th matchday will start from June 30. With just two weeks remaining, Premier League has allowed clubs to participate in friendlies to prepare themselves.
“If you consider this a pre-season period, most teams would have had quite a few friendlies under their belts. All the clubs are not going to get game practice, ” Moyes said.
“I think us getting the opportunity to do that gives us a chance to try and set up a couple of games behind closed doors if we can do that.
“All of it is subject to protocols. We need to make sure everything is correct before we even arrange the games. Of course, we are not going to ask teams to travel and we are not going to travel.
“We don’t want anything to go wrong while we are leading up to the start of the Premier League.”
West Ham were 16th in the Premier League table before the league was suspended temporarily due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Hammers had 27 points from 29 games and were ahead of Watford and Bournemouth on goal difference. Moyes’ side have a lot to work on once football resumes.