Bundesliga: Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick welcomes decision to allow five substitutes upon resumption of season

Bayern, who are top of the Bundesliga on 55 points, four ahead of Borussia Dortmund, travel to Union Berlin on Sunday, with nine matchdays left in the campaign.

Reuters May 15, 2020 18:52:03 IST
Bundesliga: Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick welcomes decision to allow five substitutes upon resumption of season

Berlin: Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick on Friday welcomed a decision to allow five substitutions for the remainder of the season as the Bundesliga restarts on Saturday following a suspension of more than two months.

Bundesliga Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick welcomes decision to allow five substitutes upon resumption of season

File image of Hansi Flick. AP

The German league is the first major sports competition to kick off on Saturday without spectators and with a tight set of health regulations after the forced break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bundesliga approved the change in substitutions on Thursday, designed to help teams cope with fixture congestion as they rush to complete the season while players still lack fitness and match practice.

“I now have two more options and I am happy about it especially at this current stage,” Flick told a virtual news conference. “I hope this will not be used for time delay.”

Bayern, who are top of the Bundesliga on 55 points, four ahead of Borussia Dortmund, travel to Union Berlin on Sunday, with nine matchdays left in the campaign.

“We will use it to substitute tired players. This is great with these weeks with lots of matches. I am very satisfied with this option,” Flick said.

The players, who initially spent weeks at home following the lockdown in Germany, only gradually returned to training — initially in small groups — before resuming team practice.

All teams have gone into a one-week training camp in complete isolation in an effort to minimise the risk of infections as the Bundesliga rushes to wrap up the season for contractual reasons by 30 June.

“We all still do not know if the team can play through over 90 minutes,” said Flick, who in April signed a permanent deal to 2023.

“We had an internal game of very high intensity on Sunday. But it is clear we do not know where we are. We just have to deal with it and let no doubts come up.

“More than 200 countries will be watching. So we have an enormous audience to present ourselves. We want to deliver a top performance,” Flick added.

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