The Bundesliga is the first of the major sporting leagues across the world that will be resuming competitive action, giving football fans across the world a shred of weekend normalcy pack. Bayern Munich was in a fantastic run of form before the coronavirus pandemic brought everything to an indefinite halt, and they’ll be looking to pickup right where the left off.
Bayern currently sits 4 points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga table, but that could very well change after this weekend depending on how results go. During his remote press conference previewing Bayern’s match against Union Berlin, Hansi Flick said he wants to make sure Bayern keep their form and are able to impress the world of footballing fans that will be watching (Goal): “Not much will change except for the face masks in the dugout. We discussed with the players what they can and will expect. More than 200 countries will watch the players, so we have a huge audience to whom you can show yourself. We want to deliver a top performance.”
The IFAB has changed the rules on substitutions for the remainder of matches to allow for 5 subs to be made in each match due to the layout of the truncated schedule. Flick is pleased with the temporary rule change, especially since it’s been over two months since there’s been a match and there’s no telling how each player is going to respond to going full tilt for 90 minutes: “It’s a good question because we don’t know if the team can do anything over 90 minutes. We trained well and had an internal friendly with three periods of 20 minutes on Sunday. We had a very high intensity there. But clearly we all don’t know where we are. We have to deal with the situation and let there be no doubt.”
Flick also provided a brief update on Bayern’s injury list:
Hansi #Flick on personnel: "I'm very pleased with the situation! We've still got three players with long-term injuries: @Phil_Coutinho, @CorentinTolisso, and Niklas #Süle. @Javi8martinez only took part in running exercises, we don't know whether he'll be fit." #FCUFCB pic.twitter.com/OiLTHsn5Kq— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) May 15, 2020
Of course, having both Robert Lewandowski and Ivan Perisic back from their respective injury problems has been an added boost, especially with der Klassiker against Borussia Dortmund looming large at the end of the month.