Berlin (dpa) – Due to the rapidly increasing corona infections, fewer and fewer spectators are allowed into the stadiums of the Bundesliga.
On the 5th match day, even the explosive duel between Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 has to take place for an unknown background.
DERBY: Some have not won 20 Bundesliga matches, others have been disappointed with the 3-1 victory in Rome at the start of the Champions League. Both FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund have a huge debt to the fans. “We expect a response,” said BVB sports director Michael Zorc. But despite all the sporting explosiveness, things will remain unusually quiet in the largest Bundesliga stadium – almost like the last ghost derby in May. After all, only 300 spectators are allowed.
BAYERN-TORE: FC Bayern is happy with a perfect start in the Champions League after the Corona scare for Serge Gnabry. Four nice goals against Atlético Madrid give strong attacking Munich hope for more shooting festivals in the competition. The defensive stabilized in the premier class should also hold up in the competition against Frankfurt. Leroy Sané is in any case back in training. Back in the game on Saturday?
KRUSE-WIEDERSEHEN: With eleven goals and eight assists, Max Kruse made a decisive contribution to SC Freiburg’s qualification for the Europa League in the 2012/2013 season. Coach Christian Streich would have liked to continue working with the striker, who was not only sporty in the quiet Breisgau but also with his camouflaged car. But Kruse moved on to Mönchengladbach and from there later to Wolfsburg, Bremen and Istanbul. On Saturday he will meet Freiburg again with 1. FC Union Berlin.
CORONA CONCERNS: Bundesliga club officials are looking at the rising number of corona infections with concern. “There is not much more we can do,” said Hertha coach Bruno Labbadia. His club has to do without the infected newcomer Matteo Guendouzi. Bayern national player Leon Goretzka admitted that Serge Gnabry’s case, who tested positive, was “a shock”, even if it was almost clear that it was going to happen at some point, as it was like some kind of avalanche that hit you . got closer and closer. In Bremen, all Werder professionals and their coaches voluntarily remained in quarantine until Friday after a player tested positive.
SPECTATORS: At least four stages (Munich, Stuttgart, Bremen, Leverkusen) spectators are not allowed due to the high number of infections. In Mainz (against Borussia Mönchengladbach) the number of fans allowed was reduced to 100, in Leipzig (against Hertha BSC) to 999. Only at Wolfsburg against Bielefeld (maximum 6000) and Union Berlin against SC Freiburg (4500) the number of visitors could be four digits amounts.