Advantage or hindrance? Why home comforts can be a burden

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By Matt Hardy England’s Lionesses surfed a tidal wave of expectation to win the Women’s Euros – a wave that would have engulfed athletes with lesser mental resilience, however great their physical and technical qualities. Who knows whether they would have triumphed had the tournament been overseas? And who cares? It was on English soil with all the burdens of hope and scrutiny that this entails. Home advantage can just as easily be home disadvantage. Academics studying the effects of behind-closed-doors football during the Covid pandemic have concluded that home advantage is dampened (but not …

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