Per a new report by SportBild, Bayern Munich could potentially face some problematic scheduling conflicts if they progress to the final of the Champions League. If they do so, they will hardly have any time off before they have to turn around and start the 2020/21 Bundesliga campaign.
After winning the first leg against Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge, it’s highly unlikely that Bayern won’t progress to the next round of the competition to face either Barcelona or SSC Napoli. The next leg will take place at the Allianz Arena next weekend, but then Bayern would like to have at least four days to train in Portugal when they would travel there for the rest of the competition. If they make it to the final, that’s played on August 23rd, so potential conflicts could arise.
After the Champions League finishes, Hansi Flick wants to give all of his players at least two weeks off, but the German National Team is scheduled to play Spain in a UEFA Nations League match on September 3rd. DFB Vice President Rainer Koch has already made it clear that he wants Bayern players to be involved in that match for Die Mannschaft, so that would mean those Bayern players involved with the national team would hardly get any time off between the Champions League and Nations League match.
The first round of the DFB-Pokal also starts the weekend of September 11th and the first Bundesliga match day of the 2020/21 season starts the weekend after that. Because of potential conflicts that could arise from the remaining teams involved in both the Champions League and Europa League, the DFL is going to decide on August 4th whether or not any of the clubs will be given a full four weeks off from matches after both competitions finish. RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen, and VfL Wolfsburg all face the potential scheduling conflicts along with Bayern. The DFL’s decision will be officially announced on August 7th.
DFL CEO Christian Seifert said that flexibility is needed to make everything work in as fair and balanced of a way as possible for next season: ”In these times, a certain flexibility is required, this applies to associations as well as to clubs. We are looking for a path that is feasible for everyone, that includes the players. In exceptional times, this can also lead to exceptionally unusual decisions.”