As the 2020/2021 season draws to a close, the Bundesliga will enter a two-stage quarantine from today, lasting for the final three matchdays of the season.
For Bayern Munich and the other Bundesliga clubs, the first stage of their quarantine will restrict the movement of the players and staff to the training grounds and stadia only when they leave home, in order to minimize the risk of infection. Even though the season’s end is only a few weeks away, COVID-19 still remains a very tangible threat — look no further than Hertha BSC, who were forced to abandon all matches for three weeks and now face a grueling schedule of five games in twelve days.
The DFL stated that the quarantine measures serve to “additionally secure the implementation of game operations — especially taking into account the deadline pressure due to the upcoming European Championship (Euro 2020).”
Bayern are currently taking a short break from training, as Hansi Flick has given his players the weekend off. The preparations for the crunch game against Borussia Monchengladbach will begin on Tuesday with the first stage of quarantine. Bayern will clinch the Bundesliga title with a victory over Gladbach, or if RB Leipzig lose to Borussia Dortmund in their own crunch match, which kicks off a few hours before Bayern’s fixture.
Should Bayern successfully defend their title this coming weekend, the next stage of quarantine will be more or less a vacation for the team. Stage two, starting on the 12th of May, involves a ten-day quarantine training camp in the Achental Resort in Grassau, just an hour away from Munich. The resort features a luxury hotel, a golf course, and a beautiful Alpine backdrop that the team can relax in. It’s definitely not the worst place to spend ten days in, especially if you’re a golf aficionado like Thomas Muller or Niklas Sule.
Naturally, the team’s movements will be restricted to the resort and the training ground, other than the two stadia that the team will move to during this time. Bayern travel to Freiburg for their penultimate match and last away trip of the season, before finishing with a home game against Augsburg.
Let’s hope that the team will enjoy themselves (?) at the resort as Bundesliga champions, without any sort of pressure! Well, other than Robert Lewandowski’s goal scoring record, of course.