The Bundesliga returns on Saturday. Is it a good idea? We just don’t know. But there’s clearly enough confidence throughout German football that safe environments will be provided for players and hearty competition can begin again.
Borussia Dortmund play their first match of the restart against Schalke 04 on Saturday and the BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted to receiving a series of texts from everybody’s favorite ex-Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp ahead of the game.
“Jurgen has texted me a few times that he will be watching TV at the weekend and everyone is happy that the game will start again,” said Watzke before devoting another few sentences to Germany’s greatness.
“In England in particular, clubs are clinging to the fact that the Premier League can also start again soon.
“We owe the fact that we are in such a position in Germany to the population, who behaved in such a disciplined manner. And the politicians who are very careful with the situation.
“That is the reason why Germany is one of the best countries in the world to have come through this crisis.”
Klopp and Liverpool will join the rest of the football-loving world over the next few weeks in adjudging the do’s and don’t’s of restarting sport amidst a pandemic. The Premier League will indeed hope to follow the Bundesliga in restarting competition, planned for June 19th, but there will be much to glean from this weekend onward.
In short: Bundesliga!