Leicester City will prepare for the league restart by playing practice matches in an empty King Power Stadium, manager Brendan Rodgers has said.
English Premier League is set to resume on June 17 after a three-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, but all the matches will be played behind closed doors.
“We’ll have some practice games in our own stadium before we play. We’ll play at the King Power, so they’ll feel and get a sense of that,” Rodgers told British media.
Reports indicate that the Premier League is mulling using audio effects and computer-generated fans to improve viewer experience of watching matches played in an empty stadium.
Rodgers, who late last month revealed that he had COVID-19, says that football will never be the same again without fans.
“It’s absolutely not. It can’t be. However, it’s what we have to do. The intensity and commitment of players will still be there. We’d love our supporters to be there but there won’t be any," he said.
“We’ll have a cause we’ll be fighting for. They may not be with us in the stadium but there will be millions of people watching, thousands of Leicester supporters around the world... we have a duty for them to do the best we can.”
Leicester are third in the league on 53 points, four behind second-placed Manchester City, who have played a game less.