After the team quarantine for Hertha BSC, the question arises how the Bundesliga can best be brought to an end in times of Corona. The specter of the end of the season still haunts the league.
The Corona mutant is raging, Hertha BSC has already caught her, and the horror scenario of the end of the season also threatens the other Bundesliga clubs. DFL boss Christian Seifert and his advisors are already racking their brains over how the remaining five game days until the end of May can be carried out without too much risk. Quarantine training camps are still an option.
After Hertha was the first Bundesliga club to be closed on Thursday due to several corona cases and had to be in isolation until at least April 29th and three games were canceled, it was clear: there was a need to speak. To SID-Information, the DFL Presidium will deal with the topic again in the coming week and then presumably decide on it.
The most likely variant is a decision for the last two or three game days. Seifert, on the other hand, recently stopped the season Picture live still out. SC Freiburg coach Christian Streich was also hopeful: “I’m not worried about the end of the season because I don’t want to worry. I want to stay optimistic. I think we can do it.”
Even for the health politician Karl Lauterbach, an early end would not be a solution. “I don’t know whether a break in the season really makes sense here,” Lauterbach told SID. He praised the DFL’s hygiene concepts, which no longer fully protect against the mutant.
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Lauterbach sees a bubble concept for the league not without risk. “Because if there is a chain of infection there, very many are affected at the same time,” said the 58-year-old: “So I would almost continue with the current concept.” But with one caveat: “Unless the number of cases in the population increases very sharply”, says Lauterbach: “Then it will also be more difficult for the footballers.”
The Hertha case showed how difficult it can already be. The positive tests by coach Pal Dardai, assistant coach Admir Hamzagic, Dodi Lukebakio, Marvin Plattenhardt and goalkeeper Rune Jarstein, who has since left the hospital, bring the table 16. in the awkward position of having to play six games every three days in a few weeks. The lack of training practice in particular will have its effects.
In the current sports studio of ZDF Hertha sports director Arne Friedrich stressed that he still sees no competitive disadvantage. “Of course it is a very difficult situation,” said the 41-year-old, but the club finally “put itself into this situation in tabular form”. He would also be open to a quarantine training camp if necessary. “The most important thing is the health of the players and fellow human beings,” said Friedrich.
The idea of barracking, which was initially rejected, also has support among the other clubs. “I already said at the time that it was a clever idea by the DFL, in the end it surprised me that it wasn’t done,” said FC Augsburg coach Heiko Herrlich. Managing director Jörg Schmadtke from VfL Wolfsburg had also recently spoken out about the training camp.
As coach Urs Fischer from Union Berlin announced on Saturday, his club will go into hotel quarantine on its own initiative before the next two games at Borussia Dortmund (April 21) and against Werder Bremen (April 24). The clubs won’t be able to do much more than that. “We have no choice but to continue to implement the concepts in the best possible way,” said Fischer. Because, as is well known, hope dies last.