Coach Klinsmann says Bayern played ‘without urgency’

Bayern Munich coach Jürgen Klinsmann admitted his side lacked urgency and were lethargic on Sunday as 10-man Werder Bremen held the defending champions to a 0-0 draw.

Coach Klinsmann says Bayern played 'without urgency'
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The result drops Bayern to fifth, but questions will be asked about their attack after Werder Bremen’s Naldo was sent off after just a quarter of an hour, but Bayern still only left Bremen with a single point.

Bayern were without Italian striker Luca Toni, who scored two goals in their 5-0 Champions League hammering of Sporting Lisbon last Wednesday, and Klinsmann admitted his side took the foot off the gas in the second-half in Bremen.

“In the second half, we no longer showed the urgency you need to win a game like that,” Klinsmann admitted with his side now fifth in the league. “However, we’re not dissatisfied. Obviously, we’d have liked all three points, but going home with a point isn’t a bad result, although it’s only a small step forward. It was important to at least draw here. The title race will go to the last day. Obviously, we’d rather be a couple of places higher up the table. But we’re on the case, we won’t let up, and we hope we’re top after 34 matches.”

Bayern’s former Bremen midfielder Tim Borowski agreed Munich did not do enough to test Bremen goalkeeper Christian Vander, who was replacing injured Germany goalkeeper Tim Wiese.

“We lacked an edge in front of goal,” said Borowski. “We created a few good chances, but Bremen resisted well and had a good keeper, who made a number of great saves. We also didn’t get the rub of the green at times.”

Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf praised his side for their dogged determination despite the numerical disadvantage having knocked AC Milan out of the UEFA Cup last Thursday.

“After the red card, the team set out their stall for 75 minutes, refused to be beaten, and even created a chance or two. You can’t ask for more than that,” said Schaaf.

One player who was deeply satisfied with the result was goalkeeper Vander who reflected on a job well done.

“Taking a point with 10 men is always good for morale,” he said. “It was a relatively easy game for a goalkeeper, you get to see plenty of action. I had quite a lot to do today. It was a terrific display, especially after the punishing game in Milan in the UEFA Cup, but we dug deep. We showed our fans we’re all 100 percent committed to Werder.”

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EXPLAINED: The Covid rules for attending German football matches

The German Bundesliga kicks off on Friday evening with a match in Mönchengladbach. Here's a run-down of the Covid rules for football fans itching to join the crowds at the stadium.

EXPLAINED: The Covid rules for attending German football matches
Crowds cheer at a match between FC Kaiserslautern and Borussia Mönchengladbach, on August 9th, 2021. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Uwe Anspach

All eyes will be on Mönchengladbach this evening as the Bundesliga season kicks off with a match against reigning champions Bayern Munich – and this time, a crowd will be present in the stadium.

READ ALSO: German football fans get green light to return to stadiums next season

With several states liberalising their rules for public gatherings in recent months, many football fans are looking forward to enjoying a lively atmosphere at football matches once more. 

There’s just one problem: there are different rules for different stadiums. Here’s what you need to know about the Covid rules before you book your ticket for any of the upcoming fixtures. 

How many fans are allowed in the stadiums? 

According to a recent decision by the federal and state governments, football stadiums around the country are allowed to fill half of their seats and sell up to 25,000 tickets to fans. 

Of course, how much this limit affects the overall atmosphere – and the football clubs’ bottoms lines – depends on the capacity of the stadium. In Borussia Dortmund this weekend, the full 25,000 tickets have been sold – but that only equates to 30 percent of the stadium’s full capacity.

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Meanwhile, in the stadium owned by Berlin’s FC Union, selling just 11,000 tickets is enough to fill half of the available seats. 

What do I need to show to get in? 

That really depends on the stadium in question, although in general anyone over the age of six will need to show a negative test or proof of vaccination or recovery – the so-called ‘3G’ rule – to enter the grounds. But other clubs, such as FC Cologne, have decided to only permit people who are vaccinated or recovered to attend matches from August 28th onwards – with exceptions for people who can’t get vaccinated, like children and pregnant woman.

At Mönchengladbach’s Borussia Park stadium, however, unvaccinated fans can enter with a negative test, though visitors who’ve stayed in a high-risk or virus variant area over the past two weeks will be unable to enter – along with people who’ve had recent contact with someone who has Covid. 

If you want to see action like this at FC Cologne’s stadium, you’ll need to get your Covid jabs sorted first. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/dpa-Zentralbild | Robert Michael

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund has taken a middle ground. While the 3G rule applies in principle, only 1,000 of the available 25,000 tickets will be sold to people who are providing a negative test. The remaining 24,000 seats will only be available for those who are vaccinated against – or recently recovered from – Covid. 

If you’re not vaccinated and are keen to see a match, it’s worth checking on your local club’s website beforehand or sending them an email to double-check whether you will be allowed in. 

What else do I need to know about? 

You’ll need to bring a FPP2 mask with you to matches to wear in your seat and while heading to the bathroom or bar, and also observe social distancing rules – meaning staying 1.5 metres apart from your fellow fans.

In most states, you’ll also need to provide your contact details, which will be saved by the club and potentially passed on to local health authorities in order to monitor a potential Covid outbreak. 

Will these rules continue throughout the season?

That’s still an open question. If infection rates in Germany continue to rise or high-profile superspreading events occur at future matches, the government could potentially crack down further on sports events in autumn.

This could involve limiting the seat numbers even further, or (more controversially), introducing a ‘vaccinated-only’ rule for entering stadiums. 

READ ALSO: Should Germany bring in Covid restrictions for unvaccinated people only?

A recent outbreak of Covid in the Mainz football team has also dampened celebrations slightly in the run-up to the start of the Bundesliga – leaving club owners urgently calling for both fans and footballers to get vaccinated. 

Speaking to WDR ahead of the season’s start, FC Cologne’s managing director Alexander Wehrle said widespread vaccination was the best route back to normality – a message reiterated by Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann.