3rd match day

Berlin (dpa) – Already on the third matchday, two clubs with new coaches hope for a turnaround. Manuel Baum makes his debut in a difficult away match at RB Leipzig at the ailing FC Schalke 04.

FSV Mainz 05 relies on the previous Beierlorzer assistant Jan-Moritz Lichte. The match day is again accompanied by corona care, in some stadiums no fans are allowed at all.

LIGHT DEBUT: After turbulent days at FSV Mainz 05 with players’ strike and divorce from head coach Achim Beierlorzer, his previous assistant Jan-Moritz Lichte should bring the team back together. “In my opinion, the players have no problem that I am now the one who makes the speech and criticizes at an unusual level,” said the 40-year-old novice before Rheinhessen’s game on Friday (8.30pm / DAZN) at 1 FC Union Berlin.

BAUM DEBUT: It couldn’t be more difficult. Manuel Baum would get the worst Bundesliga team of 2020 back on track. Schalke’s new coach starts with Champions League participant RB Leipzig and has to solve a lot of problems: difficult characters and a number of previously retired professionals in the selection, psychological problems after the biggest negative series in the history of the club and the financial crisis. in the crashed second place in 2018 weighs down the vote.

FAN EXCLUSION: Champions League winner FC Bayern Munich will also play its third competitive home game without an audience. Due to the current developments in the corona pandemic, such as the season opener against FC Schalke 04 and in the Supercup against Borussia Dortmund, no fans are allowed in the league match against Hertha BSC. The same goes for the match between Werder Bremen and Arminia Bielefeld. The Rhineland derby on Saturday between 1. FC Köln and Borussia Mönchengladbach threatens to turn into a ghost match again.

YOUTH: At the Supercup against Bayern, the two 17-year-old BVB talents Jude Bellingham and Giovanni Reyna were initially on the bench. In addition, the sick Jadon Sancho (20) was missing. It is quite possible that coach Lucien Favre against SC Freiburg will again rely on more youth. In this case, national players Marco Reus and Julian Brandt are again threatened with the reserve role.

BAVARIA SPECULATIONS: Who else is coming? Almost every day, new names are speculated as newcomers to FC Bayern Munich. “Let’s wait, it won’t be long until October 5. I will also be surprised,” said coach Hansi Flick, looking ahead to the end of the transfer window on Monday. The truth of the many speculations will then be clear. So far, Munich-based Leroy Sané, Alexander Nübel and French defensive talent Tanguy Nianzou have signed.

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