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Gary Neville believes Bundesliga can show Premier League the way


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Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes that the clubs in Germany can help the Premier League to get back underway.

The Bundesliga has been given the green light to restart in the second half of May, but matches will be played behind closed doors.

There are still several hurdles that the Premier League must overcome if the English top-flight is to resume the 2019-20 season but Neville believes they can learn a lot from what is happening in Germany.

"I think that because the Bundesliga are going to get their games [underway] before ours," said Neville on Sky Sports.

"What's going to happen is the Premier League are likely to go into training at a point when the Bundesliga are playing matches.

"I would hopeful at this moment in time that the Premier League, two or three of them including medical professionals, are on their way over to Germany somehow, to actually see how it operates and understand how it's going and be in consultation regularly with the club's doctors over there, the club's officials.

"I'm sure they are, I can't imagine they're not."

The Premier League would still need to get the go ahead from the government in the UK, put testing procedures in place, possibly get agreement on venues and very importantly, get player approval.

If the games go ahead behind closed doors, beaming matches around the world to supporters is another key consideration.

"Even from a broadcast point of view, how you broadcast it, the media side of it," Neville added.

"I'm sure that we at Sky will be consulting with our colleagues in Germany, around how we deliver this, so I think there's a lot of intelligence you can pick up from Germany.

"I think whilst our players are in those early phase, non-contact, marking spaces type programmes, the Bundesliga players will be in a different programme.

"They'll actually be on full contact, tackling, heading, marking on corners, grappling for space and we'll be able to see what happens over there, almost like a live rehearsal for what's going to happen in England."


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