EXCLUSIVE: Crystal Palace are planning on staying at a secret location outside of Merseyside ahead of Everton clash as Patrick Vieira doesn’t want to risk his players being disturbed by a repeat of fans’ firework antics
- Everton fans have set fireworks off outside team hotels the night before games
- The supporters have tried to disturb the sleep of Chelsea and Brentford players
- The Toffees are in a relegation fight and fans tried to give them an advantage
- Crystal Palace travel to Merseyside to face Frank Lampard’s side on Thursday
- Boss Patrick Vieira wants his team to stay at a secret location to avoid the antics
Crystal Palace are planning on staying at a secret location outside of Merseyside ahead of Thursday’s clash at Everton to avoid being woken up in the middle of the night by fireworks.
Chelsea and Brentford players have both seen preparations for their respective Premier League fixtures at Goodison Park this month disrupted in the early hours of the morning due to fireworks being set off outside the team hotel.
Everton are in the midst of a relegation fight and it is claimed that Toffees supporters are deliberately setting off the pyrotechnics to wake opposition players in hope of giving Frank Lampard’s men an advantage.
Crystal Palace are planning on staying at a secret location ahead of Thursday’s clash at Everton
Everton fans set off fireworks outside the Chelsea and Brentford hotel to disturb the visitors
And Sportsmail has learned that Palace chiefs, aware for the possibility of having their sleep disturbed before the game this week, were on Monday making alternative accommodation arrangements to stay outside of Liverpool on Wednesday night before making their way to Merseyside on Thursday.
Head coach Patrick Vieira has decided he does not want to risk his players having their rest disrupted should a repeat of what took place before the Chelsea and Brentford matches occur again.
On both occasions, the fireworks were set off at around 3am.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, whose side lost 1-0 on May 1, refused to use the disruption as an excuse for his team’s defeat saying: ‘Absolutely not (the reason for losing).
Eagles boss Patrick Vieira (centre) he does not want to risk his players being disturbed
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel refused to use the disruption as an excuse for the 1-0 defeat
‘I personally woke up twice at 1am, and 3am for one minute and after the noise. I turned around and kept on sleeping.
‘The issue is that we don’t have the clean sheets, that’s the issue.’
Brentford defender Pontus Jansson was less diplomatic in responding to social media footage of the fireworks display outside his side’s Liverpool hotel ahead of Sunday’s win over the Toffees.
He tweeted: ‘You could at least do it for more that 10 seconds!’
Brentford defender Pontus Jansson joked the supporters could have done it for longer
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