Yeah I’ve heard it suggested that without supporters, players are more willing to try things, as you’re not going to get all the boos and groans if it doesn’t come off.Edfuckingwoodward wrote: ↑1 month agoI think its a combination of things. The playing out from the back thing is definitely a huge factor. Pep started it really - to the extent its used now. But he had a freak group of players at Barca whose technical ability and understanding of each others positioning and awareness, was almost subliminal. Everyone is trying to follow suit and games become stretched. Throw in the growing number of teams who press high, and higher scoring games are inevitable. To Sid's point though, we didn't see the sort of scorelines we're seeing now, last season. I think it comes down to 2 things - fitness, and empty grounds. I think the empty ground thing might be a factor in terms of games feeling more like training sessions than actual premier league games. Maybe its effecting the focus of some players.
Interesting if it ends up being kind of an equalizer, with the big clubs not getting the benefit of their big stadiums full of supporters, intimidating the refs and the opposing team.