This summer’s European Championships could be the gateway to fans returning in full force to football for the fall.
Bayern Munich’s Niklas Süle is eager to feel the crowd’s energy once again — especially as Germany will be playing games on its “home turf.”
“It would be really important for us. You saw the impact they can have during the Champions League final. Games in front of fans allow the players to reach a whole new level – it’s just so much more enjoyable,” said Süle in an interview with the DFB website. “I think the fans could give us an extra percent or two because we’ve not played in front of them for so long. We really miss them.”
Even as fans gradually start to come back, Süle thinks it will be a seamless transition for most veterans, but did admit some young players might be in for a whole new world.
“I don’t think much will change about the game. We always managed to communicate in front of 80,000 fans. Your body language helps there. I think my body language is better when I’m playing in front of 80,000,” said Süle. “It will be a great experience for younger players to play with fans in the grounds. It will still be strange for the lads who have only seen empty stadiums so far, but I adapted quickly back then and so will they.”
Despite some aspects of the “Old World” coming back, Germany’s players are still in quarantine for the entirety of their stay at the Euros. For Süle, that is just a part of like these days.
“It’s obviously not easy. For me personally, it’s the first time that I will be away from my girlfriend and son for so long. Thankfully, I can still FaceTime them. We’re happy to be able to do our jobs and to take part in an amazing tournament – especially in our own country,” Süle said. “A lot of my Bayern teammates are in the national team and we’re like a family anyway. We all get on really well and we’ve got enough to keep us busy. We won’t get bored.”