Per FCBayern.com, the second round DFB-Pokal match between Holstein Kiel and Bayern Munich has been rescheduled to January 13th, 2021. The fixture was originally scheduled to be played on December 23rd 2020, but was moved in a “harmonious agreement” due to the compact and heavy schedule that will run through this calendar year.
Surely, Bayern Munich will take the postponement and run as the Bavarians are dealing with an insane slate of games, multiple injuries, and the ever-looming threat of COVID-19. An extra few weeks will likely give Bayern Munich and Holstein Kiel a chance to get a little more rest and to also rejuvenate after the holidays. With just a short, two-week break at midseason this year, every team will likely take any opportunity it can to help balance out 2020/2021’s hectic scheduling requirements.
As of now, Bayern Munich has nine games across all competitions remaining in the calendar year of 2020. If the original schedule would have held, the Bavarians would have had four games in eleven days during the span of December 12th through December 23rd. Even shifting one game to 2021 should be an immense help — and relief — to Die Roten as this scheduling grind is real.
With Joshua Kimmich projected to return to the squad at some point in January, Bayern Munich in undoubtedly happy to shift the DFB-Pokal match back. Even if Kimmich isn’t quite ready, the rest of the locker room could also use the extra rest.