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All eyes on Bundesliga as live football resumes on May 16

By IANS Updated: May 14, 2020 4:15 pm

Mumbai, May 14 (IANS): Taking the first step towards normalcy in sports, Bundesliga is the first of Europe’s elite football leagues to resume official competition for its 2019-20 season since the world was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Even though the matches are to be played behind closed doors, for football fans this return to live sporting action shines as a positive ray of hope.

After a hiatus of two months, Star Sports will show exclusive live-action of the Bundesliga, on Star Sports Select 1/HD & Star Sports Select 2/HD starting May 16. The league has another 9 game weeks to go and all the football fans can rejoice at having the chance to watch one of the most exciting leagues this season.

A slow start to the season by current leaders and traditional powerhouse Bayern Munich saw them in an unfamiliar 4th position before Hans-Dieter Flick was handed over the reins of the team. With a fresh dose of energy and a new approach, Bayern Munich turned things around quickly registering no losses in their last 10 games which saw them move to the top of the table.

In hot pursuit of the leaders, sitting just 4 points back are Borussia Dortmund who are scheduled to play against rivals FC Schalke on Saturday in the ‘Revierderby’. RB Leipzig who are just 4 points adrift off Bayern and 1 off Dortmund round off the top 3 in one of the closest seasons in a really long time.

The top 5 teams are separated by only 9 points and the title race could see some interesting ebbs and flows to keep the interest alive in the coming weeks. In football-crazy Germany, keeping in adherence with social distancing norms, Matchday 26 will see Bundesliga being played in empty stadiums without fans as the clubs return to competitive play after a forced 2-month hiatus.

Ex-Borussia Dortmund defender Patrick Owomoyela spoke about the title race on Star Sports show, Football United, saying, “It’s good that it’s a close race, Bayern has to come to Dortmund for another game. This is an opportunity for Dortmund to snatch 3 points off them. Everything is possible. It’s mind games down the stretch as we are resuming play after 2 months because of the lockdown. The first game back for us is the Revierderby and I hope we win, as it’s a home game for us, but the glitch is that the home advantage that we would normally have isn’t there. It will all come down to who is more focused and determined in this game.”

Disney+ Hotstar VIP will once again be the go-to destination for people looking for an adrenaline rush associated with football on OTT platforms. All Bundesliga matches will be held behind closed doors and no more than 300 people including players and staff will be allowed in the stadium. Additionally, people who missed watching the matches live can catch highlights and other content like Top goals of the gameweek and Full gameweek reviews.

By IANS Updated: May 14, 2020 4:15:18 pm