Zabaleta says he may play his last PL game in an empty stadium


West Ham United defender Pablo Zabaleta admits that he might have to play his final English Premier League (EPL) game in front of an empty stadium as the coronavirus pandemic has brought football to a standstill across the globe.

The former Manchester City defender is in his final season in the Premier League at West Ham and football in England has been suspended until further notice.

“The Premier League and all the countries I’m sure will try to restart the league, but nothing will be the same,” Zabaleta told the club’s website – West Ham (

“Mentally it’s very tough but as I say, all I’m trying to do is stay positive. For me, also because I was coming to the end of my career and it was my last season in England,” – Zabaleta.

“And obviously I wanted to finish that season in a different way, playing in front of the fans, having those emotions and that adrenaline you always feel you need for the games,” added the 35-year-old right back who has only played 10 games in the league this season.

Before he penned a deal with West Ham, back in 2017, the Argentine footballer enjoyed several successful seasons with Man City winning won two PL titles, two League Cups and the oldest cup competition in the world, the FA Cup.

“I know this, but I will find myself maybe playing in front of empty stadiums with no fans and with different emotions, but that is something I cannot manage myself.

“Nobody expected this virus. It is the first time for many generations, and it will change our style of life – that’s it. I need to accept it,” concluded the ex-Argentina international.

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