Watford coach Craig Shakespeare: ‘Premier League operating at slower tempo after restart’


Craig Shakespeare thinks those with bigger teams are going to benefit as the league gets back up to speed.

Watford assistant coach Craig Shakespeare thinks the Premier League reboot has actually had the feel of pre-season friendlies with sluggish tempo games and no crowd feeling.

The relegation-threatened Hornets went back to action against Leicester on Saturday, striking an injury-time equaliser to protect a 1-1 draw.

They now take a trip to Burnley on Thursday understanding they might kick-off at Grass Moor having actually dropped into the bottom 3.

A great deal of the first round of fixtures back did not have the strength that the Premier League is typically applauded for– specifically the prominent Merseyside derby, which ended goalless on Sunday night.

Shakespeare feels he has actually determined why that has actually held true as the league aims to finish the 2019/20 season following the implemented break during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Everyone keeps using the word ‘strange’ but without the fans it’s been slower,” he stated.

” It is a slower tempo, there’s not the feeling of a take on which gets the crowd going, the feeling of a ball into the box.

“I’ve noticed that there’s been a slower tempo to it. You’ve noticed in a lot of games there’s not been many goals early doors. So the tempo will probably be the biggest factor for me.”

Manchester City are probably the exception to the guideline as they have actually returned in style, pounding Arsenal 3-0 prior to surging Burnley 5-0 on Monday night.

Shakespeare thinks those with bigger teams are going to benefit as the league gets back up to speed.

“I think there will be rotation of squads,” he added.

” The bigger teams, and we saw with Man City made 8 changes last night. We do not all have that high-end.

” The closer the games come and whether it’s a Thursday/Sunday then I think you will see more changes.

” However in a perfect world you need to be prepared for these. You saw that we made 5 alternatives on Saturday and this is what it permits you do to. To refresh things up.

“It allows you to cover for injuries but also if you are behind and you want to make three changes as we did in one go.”

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