Bayern Munich chief hoping to see football back in May

Former Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is not expecting a title race in the Bundesliga. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)
Former Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is not expecting a title race in the Bundesliga. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge speaks up about when competitive football may resume.

DFL announced on Tuesday that football in Germany had been suspended till at least April 30, so it will be some time before Bayern Munich play another competitive game. With the coronavirus situation not getting better in Europe, football will do well to complete this season.

Die Roten’s last competitive game was against Augsburg at Allianz Arena on March 8. The defending Bundesliga champions were expected to play behind closed doors against Union Berlin on March 15, but the game was called off at the last moment as the situation got worse in Europe.

Since then, all leagues in Europe have been suspended, and UEFA has also postponed the Champions League and Europa League. There are doubts about the season getting abandoned as the virus is not showing any signs of slowing down.

Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is hopeful that league will resume in May. Speaking to Sky Sports, Rummenigge insisted that it is important that the season is completed. He also admitted that football has to come together and help society in fighting the pandemic.

"“There was a decision today that the ball would never roll until April 30th. And beyond that, there are wish scenarios, of course, we do not know how to reliably predict whether they will arrive today.”“It would be nice if we could play again in May. The most important thing for all of us is that we can end the season.  I think it is important that as football clubs, as football as a whole, in society we are now doing a little exemplary with all of this.”"

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It is wishful thinking from Rummenigge that football will be back in May as the virus is not slowing down in various big European countries. Die Roten were well placed to do well in all competitions before football was suspended. They had a four-point lead at the top of the table. The Bavarians had also one foot in the quarterfinals of the Champions League after clinching a 3-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in February.

In DFB Pokal, Rekordmeister were set to face Eintracht Frankfurt in semifinals after a narrow 1-0 win against Schalke in the previous round. The defending Bundesliga champions were yet to lose a game in 2020, dropping points only once during a goalless draw against RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.

This break may halt their momentum, but Die Roten will have all injured players back when footballing action resumes. The club will have to make a decision on one-year loan deals of Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho as their contract expires at the end of June. The club is monitoring the fitness of players as they continue to train at their home, so fitness is unlikely to be a big issue when football returns.

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At the moment, football is secondary as the coronavirus pandemic is claiming lives, but the Bavarians will be hoping that things improve soon, and they once again start watching their favourite team every weekend.