Good afternoon everyone and welcome to our guests from Crystal Palace to King Power Stadium. Once again, I would love to be welcoming our supporters here too, but we continue to send our best wishes to you all following our games from home.
That sense of longing may be even stronger for our supporters in Leicester this week, given the retention of social restrictions caused by a rise in local COVID-19 cases. The pandemic has challenged our communities in ways we could hardly have imagined in the last four months and these latest local developments will have caused some further uncertainty for the people of the city, which should not be underestimated. It is also a reminder to us all that the pandemic has not yet passed and we should continue to act responsibly to protect our communities and minimise the time these additional measures are needed. To our supporters in Leicester, please stay home as much as you can and continue to follow the localised advice.
That we’re able to continue to train and play Premier League football in Leicester is a result of four months of work to develop robust and comprehensive safety protocols that ensure the wellbeing of our own personnel, those of visiting clubs and our surrounding communities. We would not be hosting today’s game at King Power Stadium unless we were entirely satisfied with the precautions put in place and I’m grateful to our colleagues in the local authorities, the Premier League and our Safety Advisory Group for their support in their development.
Results since the restart have clearly not been as we would have hoped, but it’s important we maintain perspective, retain our composure and support our young team through a difficult moment. With six games of the season remaining, we sit in a position of strength – a position we would certainly have taken at the start of the season – and with our destiny very much in our own hands. We have earned our current position through our form over the course of the entire season so far. The players have shown that quality before and, with our support, they will show it again as we look to finish the season as strongly as we can.
My very best wishes to you all.
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