Over the course of the past few years, a consistent refrain from those objecting to changes made in football, at all levels, has been that the game has gone. Since the Covid-19 outbreak, the game has indeed gone.
As the major leagues in Europe kick off the new season, nothing is as it was. After a three-month hiatus from mid-March to mid-June, the 2019/20 Premier League season ended on 26 July. Then, with an unprecedentedly short gap, the 2020/21 season began on 12 September.
For Manchester City, which stayed in the Champions League until 15 August, the season started a