Bayern Munich set to resume their title bid as DFL announces dates for the return of Bundesliga.
There is finally light at the end of the tunnel as Germany is set to lift football suspension. The German government had given the green light for the resumption of the Bundesliga on Wednesday. Bayern Munich will be resuming their title bid as DFL released the schedule for remaining fixtures.
The matchday 26 is set to kickstart on May 16. Die Roten is set to travel away to Berlin to face Union Berlin on May 17. This was the first game in Bayern’s calendar that was suspended at the start of March. The rest of the suspended matches will follow after this game.
DFL has proposed to play midweek games consistently to make sure that the league concludes by mid-June. Apart from Bundesliga, the 2. Bundesliga will also resume competitive football, which will help in solving the relegation and promotion conundrum.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge released a statement on Wednesday praising the DFL and medical organisations in helping Bundesliga to return. Strict medical protocols will have to be followed for the smooth functioning of the Bundesliga games.
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Die Roten currently sits at the top of the table after enjoying a rich run of form since the winter break. The German club was playing some of the best football before leagues were suspended at the start of March due to coronavirus pandemic. Rekordmeister’s last game before the break was a 2-0 home win against Augsburg.
Hansi Flick’s men are yet to lose a game in 2020 as they have opened up a four-point lead at the top of the table, ahead of their arch-rivals- Borussia Dortmund. They had also booked a place in the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal after clinching a narrow win over Schalke. The German club also had one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals after a 3-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in February.
Flick needs to get players back to the same performance levels, which they were showing before football was suspended across Europe. He will have a stronger squad available for upcoming games as the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman, and Ivan Perisic have completely recovered from their respective injuries. Niklas Sule has also started training on the pitch, but Philippe Coutinho and Corentin Tolisso suffered injuries during training last month.
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Apart from getting the team coordination to a considerate level, Flick will also have to manage the squad properly as fatigue will set in due to a packed schedule. All eyes will be on Bundesliga clubs this month as they can set the example for playing out games safely during the ongoing pandemic.