Berlin (dpa) – On the sixth time, everything was different. Thomas Müller had won the DFB Cup five times, the emotions on the makeshift stage at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin had overwhelmed him five times.
But this Saturday, when he looked through the empty arena, the Bayern star felt a melancholy. “It’s a bit of a sad moment,” Müller said after Munich’s 4-2 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen: “I had a thoughtful minute at the victory ceremony. Without fans, it’s not the same, and certainly not the same. That’s why I’m doing it it hurt a little. “
The lack of spectators was more painful than ever in nearly 300 ghost games in the three professional leagues and in the cup this Saturday. Of the other goosebumps atmosphere at the height of German club football, only the rain of confetti and a champagne shower remained for Bayern coach Hansi Flick. So Müller’s teammate Leon Goretzka was “persistent, which is missing”.
However, the top floor of German football sparked cautious optimism over the weekend that the Corona Tristesse would end soon. Despite the ban on major events, the German Football Association and the German Football League seem to be in a good mood for fans to occasionally go to stadiums before October 31.
According to DFL boss Christian Seifert, a prerequisite is a hygiene concept and visitor tracking. “We are working on such a guide, there are initial thoughts that we are exchanging with the Federal Ministry of Health,” said Seifert of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung”.
In the spring, the DFL launched a globally acclaimed and ultimately successful concept for ending the Bundesliga season. Now it is “the next big challenge to operate regularly in this corona situation,” said Seifert. It seems clear that really full stadiums are still utopian in the long run.
“We are still at the beginning, I don’t think the matter will be finalized in March next year,” said Seifert, but announced that the DFL will continue to look for solutions and easing. “We must act despite the crisis, we must not step down and accept that it controls us,” he said. “Giving up is out of the question for me.”
Because no one wants to experience such a final anymore. Not a player. Not a fan, not an official. Although it was a positive side effect that the Berlin police did not record any missions around the final due to misbehaving fans in the capital. And although hardly anyone missed the supporting act à la Helene Fischer from ancient times. But there were also no colorfully dressed trailers, hardly any mood and much less emotion.
DFB President Fritz Keller was “stunned in the soul” by seeing the empty but decorated rows. Leverkusen’s fan manager Andreas Paffrath said to the “Express”: “It feels like going to a party and the DJ has forgotten his music.”
Ultimately, everyone involved agreed. “There is only one alternative: we have to do it again next year,” said Flick of the fanless celebration in his first final as head coach. Also the club boss of Leverkusen, Fernando Carro, saw “a nice motivation to reach the final again next year”. And the Berlin mayor Michael Müller already promised, “We will celebrate more next year.”