We'll be in good shape when we play again, says Bernardo

Albion defender looking forward to a possible return to action next month.

By Bruce Talbot • 26 May 2020

Bernardo believes Albion will be in good shape if the Premier League campaign resumes in June.

The Seagulls last played on 7th March against Wolves at Molineux before the season was halted because of the Covid-19 campaign.

“It could turn out to be a positive thing for us,” he said. “When we play again it will be more than three months since the last match so we have had plenty of time to analyse the games since the start of the year to see what we did well and the things that we can make better.

“There are other teams in a similar situation who will have also had time to reorganise themselves but I am confident about ourselves. Everyone has come back to training really fit and committed and I think that might make a difference if we restart the league.”

Phase one of the league’s Project Restart began last week when players started to train again in small groups. Details of phase two – which will see contact training resume – are being considered by Albion and the other top-flight clubs but it is hoped phase 3 and a resumption of the league can start in late June. 

Bernardo added: “We are waiting for more information on how [phases 2 and 3] will work. I’m sure if I go to the club if I have any concerns, they will give me assurances.

“For an example, I have read a lot of articles about BAME people having a greater risk of getting Covid-19. I think phase one is totally okay as do the majority of the players because it’s safer to go to the training ground than, say, going to a park or running on the promenade in Brighton. 

"The club have communicated regularly throughout the last few weeks and they will again I am sure with phases 2 and 3.

“But if we do play again it’s good that it’s to be decided on the pitch, that is the fair way. I think playing at our home ground even without the supporters will make a difference to us.”


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