How Premier League Clubs Deal with Coronavirus?

Coronavirus pandemic has affected many aspects of life including professional sports. Professional football including Premier League has been affected as well. This is how the club deals with the pandemic.


Once Mikel Arteta as the head coach of Arsenal got the positive coronavirus test result, the club has been put in lockdown state. Self-isolation was done by about a hundred employees including the coaching staff and the first-team squad of Arsenal. The Hale End and London Colney training centers have also been closed due to the pandemic. Although there was no more positive test result found, work-from-home was done by the staff. Individual training programs have been given to the players. Gym equipment has been sent to players that did not own it at home.

Aston Villa

No COVID-19 symptoms were reported by Aston Villa players. Although the team had been under normal training at a time along with the staff that is essential for performance, the work-from-home policy was followed by other staff members of the club. According to Pepe Reina that was on loan at Aston Villa from AC Milan, it was mad to continue the season during the pandemic. It should be suspended earlier while Premier League should be suspended as well until the situation calms down.


Chelsea Football Club is under a lockdown situation. It means that self-isolation was done by the players as well as the coaching staff. Although not all of the training ground, part of it is closed. This condition was started from the positive test of coronavirus received by Callum Hudson-Odoi. A week before he received his test result, he had shown the symptoms. Nevertheless, he had not entered the training ground since the appearance of the symptoms.


Jürgen Klopp said that with the pandemic, health comes before football. The football players of Liverpool Football Club have to do training programs individually at home. They must not go to Melwood as well. Nevertheless, Melwood was still accessible for the injured players although there was a restriction for their rehabilitation schedule. The physical contact was also minimized for avoiding the possible spread of coronavirus. The advice to avoid traveling abroad was also sent to all players.

Manchester City

At-home training was done by Manchester City players during the pandemic. It was easy to find the Instagram posts of several players from David Silva to Gabriel Jesus that show how they work out at home. Self-isolation was done by Benjamin Mendy because he worried that his father may get the virus.

Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjær gave the players permission to take a few days off after the win at Lask but the day off could be extended due to the advice change from the government. The potential spread of the disease was minimized by taking some precautions after all. The hygiene procedure was increased and strengthened. The access to the Aon Training Complex was limited as well.


Because of the report of the symptoms, the goalkeeper of Bournemouth, Artur Boruc, and four staff from the first team was under self-isolation. Players were given the training programs that were tailor-made to meet the need for remote training after all. Treatment was still performed on a staggered schedule for the injured players.

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