After the approval of the German chancellor Angela Merkel, the Bundesliga has quickly sent a memo to the 36 clubs from the two main leagues of the country indicating that the return of the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga should happen already on May 15th, roughly within a week.
OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT MADE AND ENGINES ALREADY RUNNING
Bundesliga didn’t waste any time since they’ve gotten green light to restart their activity and they quickly made an official announcement that they’ve sent to the 36 clubs of the first two German divisions, indicating the restart of the competition on May 15th.
According to the Bild newspaper, only Werder Bremen was reluctant upon this resume, indicating they preferred to start a week later in order to have more time to prepare their players physically. In any case, on a decision made by the people in charge and where only one out of the 36 involved clubs was against it, everything suggests that we will indeed have football being played in Germany already on the next
Friday, on an encounter that should oppose Fortuna Dusseldorf to Paderborn, two teams on the relegation zone that are desperate to get points at this stage.
This restart will only be possible because the clubs have been practicing for a long time since the Bundesliga was one of the first competitions authorizing individual and then collective trainings. This way, the players will be close to the ideal physical conditions, only lacking the competitive rhythm, that will only come with matches.
WHAT POINT WERE WE ON WHEN THE COMPETITION STOPPED?
With the Bundesliga close to its return, it’s time to remember the situation we had when the competitive stoppage happened.
Bayern München was leading the Bundesliga after 25 rounds. The Bavarians were at the top with 55 points conquered, after 4 consecutive victories, followed by their eternal rivals Borussia Dortmund, who had 51 goals scored and that curiously had also won their last 4 encounters.
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RB Leipzig was continuing to lose momentum and they were already in 3rd place with 50 points conquered after only 2 victories on the last 5 rounds. The fight for the top 4 that ensures access to the next Champions League is closed by Borussia Monchengladbach, that is in 4th place with 49 points, and by Bayer Leverkusen, who have 47.
Gladbach was actually in the lead of the Bundesliga for several weeks, but he has had a natural breakdown for a team with weak resources when compared to the other top teams in the league. As for Bayer Leverkusen they are on a reverse process, having started the season very poorly, but they were on a great moment of form when the stoppage happened, with 4 victories and 1 draw on the last 5 meetings.
BREMEN AND PADERBORN ON THE TIGHTROPE
In the Bundesliga, only 2 clubs are directly relegated to the 2nd division, while the team that finishes right above them needs to play in a play-off against the 3rd placed team of the 2.Bundesliga to decide which of the two clubs ensures their presence on the Bundesliga in the following year. That way, Paderborn and Werder Bremen are currently the two clubs on the relegation zone, and their situation is really worrying in terms of points.
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Paderborn only has 16 points conquered in 25 rounds, while Bremen has 18, but with 1 less match played. The team in 16th place is Fortuna Dusseldorf with 22 points conquered, and Mainz are right above them with 26 points.
That way, Paderborn is currently 10 points away from salvation and 6 points away from the survival play-off, which means life isn’t easy at all for them, while Werder Bremen also aren’t much better at this stage.
BAYERN ON THEIR WAY TO THEIR 9TH CONSECUTIVE TITLE
If Bayern München hold on to their current lead until the end of the season, they will conquer their 9th consecutive Bundesliga title on a historical accomplishment that was unseen before on the competition. The Bavarian club actually got off to a poor start on the season and they were forced to fire their Croatian manager Niko Kovac, but the interim manager Hans-Dieter Flick took excellent care of the team since he arrived and he even earned a promotion to first-team manager with a contract until 2023.
The dominating club of German football is also making an excellent European campaign and they should be able to advance onto the quarter-finals of the Champions League after having beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge by 3-0 on the 1st leg of the round of 16.
As you should know, the Champions League will only resume its activity in August in order to give time for the domestic leagues to conclude in due time. Only then the attentions will turn to the European competitions.