The Bundesliga is the first major European football league to return to action after a two-month hiatus after the coronavirus halted proceedings.
So what did we learn with the resumption of the Bundesliga?
Bayern continues where they left off
Despite not playing a competitive fixture for nearly two months, the league leaders didn’t slow down as Bayern Munich continued where they left off defeating Union Berlin 2-0, to maintain a four-point advantage at the top of the table.
It saw the return of Bayern’s talisman Robert Lewandowski who recovered from a knee injury to take part in the sides 2-0 victory. In the process, he converted a spot-kick to open proceedings as well as scoring his 26th Bundesliga goal for the season as well as reaching the 40 goal mark.
Football without fans is eerie and lacks atmosphere
Normally when Borussia Dortmund play against Schalke in the Revierderby you would have both sets of fans chanting and creating the atmosphere in one of the Bundesliga’s most treasured derbies. But with the current global pandemic by the coronavirus, it meant that there was no atmosphere in the derby upon the league’s return.
It felt eerie especially in a big game like the Revierderby, it obviously lacked the atmosphere from the crowds as they would cheer every goal, tackle and dispute every foul or even a card. Unfortunately in Germany’s case, you would have to get used to just seeing the two teams go at it without the noise of the crowd, as that is the “new normal” in the sporting world.
Kai Havertz shows why he is in demand
Bayern Leverkusen young gun Kai Havertz has been in demand all year with interest from opposing teams such as Liverpool, and he showed why he is attracting interest and more importantly why Leverkusen has put a €90 mill (AUD 150.5 mill) price tag on the 20-year-old.
The 20-year-old put in a stellar performance in Leverkusen’s 4-1 win over strugglers Werder Bremen, by scoring two goals and in the process became the youngest ever player to score 32 goals in the Bundesliga.
The win also means that Bayern Leverkusen is one point away from reaching fourth place.
Hertha Berlin’s new era gets off to good start
Hertha Berlin hired its fourth manager this season during the break with Bruno Labbadia taking charge after former German national coach Jürgen Klinsmann resigned in February.
Labbadia’s men quickly became accustomed to his new style of play, defeating Hoffenheim 3-0 in a clinical display and currently sit above city rivals Union Berlin by a point on 11th place.
Social Distancing impacts celebrations and other protocols begin to take place
When star teenage sensation Erling Braut Haaland scored the first goal of the Bundesliga’s return, instead of fans going crazy and his teammates going over to hug, jump on him and high-five him, there were none of the celebrations on show that we have become accustomed to.
Instead, Haaland’s teammates implemented the social distancing requirements to celebrate the teenager’s goal while he was at the corner flag.
However, some things are just natural and the new celebrations may get some getting used to as during Hertha’s 3-0 win over Hoffenheim, some players hugged and high fived the goal scorer which is sure to generate attention heading into matchday 27.
On another note, due to German Football League (DFL) strict hygiene protocols upon the Bundesliga return, it saw coaches wear face masks on the touchlines, substitutes wearing face masks as well as sitting in the stands while maintaining a 1.5-metre distance these are all the protocols that must be followed for the rest of the season. This may be the new normal.