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Lucas Hernandez doesn’t think the Champions League can finish this season

Bayern Munich was flying in the Champions League before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, so it’d be a shame if it couldn’t finish.

Bayern Muenchen v Crvena Zvezda: Group B - UEFA Champions League Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images

Before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down all European football, Bayern Munich was in an incredible run of form under Hansi Flick, especially in the Champions League. They left off in the competition with a thoroughly impressive 3-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the round of 16. They already had one foot in the next round of the competition and on current form, had a real shot at going the distance and completing another historic treble.

In a recent interview with French outlet L’Equipe (via Goal), defender Lucas Hernandez said that he doesn’t think the Champions League will be able to be completed this season, unfortunately. While it would be a massive let down for Bayern if the competition was cancelled entirely, Hernandez recognizes that the health and safety of everyone in the European countries is what’s most important:

It’s going to be hard to cram all this in as well as a possible end to the league. The Champions League concerns all the countries affected by coronavirus. It will be difficult to get everyone out of lock down, to be in similar condition but also just to meet up, to travel to Italy, Spain, England or France. You have to be realistic. I think it will be impossible to finish in the Champions League in these times, especially if we favour ending the domestic leagues.

UEFA president Aleksander Cerafin has already said that there’s a possibility that both the Champions League and Europa League could potentially be finished in either July or August behind closed doors if everything is deemed to be safe enough. Despite that optimism, he also said that the competitions would likely have to be cancelled altogether if the matches weren’t able to be completed by September. There’d simply be too much conflict with domestic leagues and cups if European matches weren’t finished by September and UEFA already made a point of saying the main priority is getting domestic leagues to finish.

The Bundesliga is the first league to have all teams resume training at their club facilities, albeit with strict guidelines to avoid any sort of close contact. Bayern has been training in small groups for a little over a week now and Hernandez said the instructions from the training and coaching staff are very strict and closely followed:

The conditions are very strict. We are in small groups of four. We do not meet the others. We train at different times to avoid contact. The changing rooms are also arranged differently. We don’t occupy the same pitches. But as soon as it’s over, we’ll quickly go and shower and eat at home. This is another way to get the machine up and running again.

FC Bayern Muenchen - Training Session Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images

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