Munich (dpa) – FC Bayern face a corona scare ahead of the start of the Champions League. National footballer Serge Gnabry misses the Munich squad after testing positive at the start of the defending champion’s mission, which begins very worried.
Just 59 days after the magical night with the handle pot, the ghost game champions are overwhelmed by a bitter reality. Gnabry, who was still training with the team on Tuesday, is doing “well” according to club donations on Tuesday night.
The attacker will be absent on Wednesday (9 p.m. / Sky). It is hoped that no other star will be infected before the duel against Atlético Madrid. Further testing on match day should provide information. Only players who test negative are allowed to enter the arena.
Gnabry’s positive test not only underlines how difficult the task of the “Campeões de Lisboa” will be this season. On the contrary, it shows how difficult the season will be for the first class participants this year. Coach Hansi Flick, who is also aiming for “the optimum” this season, needs to adjust his desired roster for the first game. It is only after testing the squad on Wednesday morning and the client on the results that the 55-year-old knows who he can really plan for the game – and if the game can go.
Hours before the expected positive Gnabry test result, Flick had emphasized that players stay healthy as the most important factor. For Gnabry, Douglas Costa’s return would likely be in the starting lineup.
Positive corona tests within the team do not necessarily lead to game cancellations. If there are at least 13 players available, the game must be played on the scheduled date. But if quarantine was ordered by the authorities for the whole team, that would no longer be possible.
The anticipation for the start of the Champions League was of course gone with the news of the positive test. He knows that “it can go pretty quickly,” Flick had recently speculated. He certainly hadn’t suspected it could go so fast. The Munich team are missing a second star in addition to injured newcomer Leroy Sané against the strong defensive Spaniards.
Unlike other Bundesliga and Second Division clubs as well as a number of top teams in Europe – like Juventus Turin with several world footballers Cristiano Ronaldo – Bayern professionals have so far been spared by Sars-CoV-2 infections. Gnabry’s attacking colleague Kingsley Coman had to go into domestic isolation in mid-September because he had been in contact with someone infected with the coronavirus.
In addition to worrying about the game, Captain Manuel Neuer & Co. also has to worry about the health of his comrades. More recently, their national team colleague Ilkay Gündogan had warned of the disease. “We are going through difficult times, all clubs in the world have to face them properly,” Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said.
The 17th consecutive start win became a minor affair for the Munich side, at least the day before the game. The Madrid opponent has also had positive cases with their B-team. The A-Team, who posted numerous photos with mouth and nose protection from the trip, were therefore not affected.
The whole, insatiable after the triple and the two Supercup trophies, want to achieve in an extremely trying season in the European elite league what only the “royal” of Real Madrid has been able to achieve in this competition in more than a quarter century – and in particularly difficult circumstances: Title defense. “The Champions League is always something special. We’re ready, ”said Robert Lewandowski ahead of a group stage which, with six group matches in eight weeks, has the character of speed dating.
Gnabry’s test showed how quickly meetings can break out. The disappearance of the indispensable teammate Joshua Kimmich by his side depends on the time of the birth of his second child.
Eight points and 8-1 goals after four game days is the result of Messi’s friend Suárez’s new side, who came from FC Barcelona and fought with Barcelona 2: 8 two months ago. At that time, strict hygiene rules were already in place, the importance of which was now particularly clear to everyone. And everyone should be even more worried if there are further away trips in the group stage with RB Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow as opponents.