Ilkay Gundogan claims that the league leaders have the right to be named champions if the season would be indefinitely cancelled. The Manchester City midfielder is clearly certain that Liverpool is the only rightful club to win the Premier League title this season.
Liverpool is boasting a 25-point lead over Manchester City for the Premier League’s top spot. The Reds have not lifted a top-flight title in 30 years. The team is just two wins away from sealing the title, but then the league opted to suspend its operations until further notice.
‘For me, that would be okay, yes’, said Gundogan in an exclusive interview. He was straight and true in his answer after being asked whether Liverpool should be named as the default champions for this year’s edition.
Also, Gundogan clarified that he was still concerned about the backfire of the cancellation of the league. He believes that it will affect both top and bottom clubs in the Premier League. It would draw a mixed criticism from all over England.
‘You have to be fair as a sportsperson’, the 29-year-old said. ‘There are different opinions. For clubs who have had a very good season, it obviously wouldn’t be nice if it was cancelled now. On the other hand, for clubs who aren’t doing as well and are maybe in the relegation places, an abandonment would obviously suit them’.
Gundogan also said that he is looking for a way to help pay non-playing staff in the league. The Manchester City midfielder believes that taking a wage-cut to provide earnings for those kinds of personnel would be great help. Juventus and Borussia Dortmund have done the same thing already.
‘Of course I think it’s okay, that goes without saying, but there’s been no discussion in England yet’, Gundogan said. ‘Perhaps that’s because the English clubs are a bit financially stronger than the clubs in Germany at the moment. I don’t know who has the final say in that decision. On the other hand, if a player says, “No, I don’t want that, I worked hard for it, I get my salary.” then it can go in the opposite direction’.
Things haven’t been easy for the Premier League now. After most of the sports leagues all over the world have suspended their operations, they didn’t think twice to do the same. That left a lot of questions for the future of the clubs especially those in the relegation and their non-playing personnel.
‘For me personally, it would be okay but, to be honest, you have to be tolerant and if there are players who are against that, then that’s also an acceptable situation’, the Manchester City midfielder explained.
The Premier League can just hand over the title to Liverpool and then focus on the bigger task at hand.