The Bundesliga officially plays back this weekend. So how did big players like Bayern, Dortmund, Leipzig change during the pause?
Bayern Munich – Lewandowski is back
Like most Bundesliga clubs, Bayern started small group training on April 6. In the past, players practiced together through video exchanges.
A lot of things happened in terms of personnel at Bayern: coach Hansi Flick and midfielder Thiago received a new contract, goalkeeper Neuer threatened to leave freely if not signed long-term. Meanwhile, Robert Lewandowski and Ivan Perisic fully recovered to return. Philippe Coutinho, Corentin Tolisso and Niklas Sule are all sidelined.
Bayern’s remaining schedule is very difficult when faced with three major obstacles: Dortmund, Leverkusen and Gladbach.
Before the COVID epidemic, the defending champion was back on track to winning under the new coach Flick.
Borussia Dortmund – There were no top 4 stars in the derby
Dortmund have started small group training since the end of March. They will not have Marco Reus and Dan-Axel Zagadou due to long-term injuries. In addition, Emre Can and Axel Witsel were doubts for the derby against Schalke in round 26.
Even after the derby, Dortmund’s schedule was still hot with Wolfsburg and Bayern clashes.
The loss of an important trump card like Reus was a significant loss to the yellow army in the final stages.
RB Leipzig – Unrest from Werner
Leipzig has been allowed to practice small groups since April 2 and spend a week of isolation in the academy to practice separately. The last week before the reboot, Leipzig worked at the RedBull Arena.
Ibrahima Konate and Kevin Kampl are two of Leipzig’s top players who can recover from a pause. Transfer rumors about Timo Werner and Dayot Upamecano have brought a bit of instability in the team.
Leipzig is said to be the easiest schedule compared to the big Bundesliga teams when only meeting Dortmund is the only opponent in the top 6 in round 33.
Monchengladbach – Zakaria still injured
Fourth-placed Gladbach are hoping midfielder Denis Zakaria will recover from injury after goalkeeper Yann Sommer. However, the Swiss player is expected to have a few more weeks off after knee surgery.
In a crucial match to win Champions League tickets with Leverkusen, Gladbach has a home advantage. After that, they also have to be guests in Munich.
Leverkusen – Bender is back
Bender and Nadiem Amiri are ready for this prologue. Top scorer Kevin Volland is still sidelined after an ankle injury, but hopes to return by the end of May.
After the match against the relegation team Bremen, 5 teams from the top half of the standings are waiting for Leverkusen.
Schalke 04 – Top stars ready for derby
Schalke returned to small group training on 1/4 and normal practice from 7/5.
The top three players Suat Serdar, Salif Sane and Daniel Caligiuri have returned after the season’s pause.