Wagner believes the re-season with Riviarderby is a ‘huge advantage’


Retrieved 14 May 2020, 17:42 IST

Schalke and Borussia Dortmund during the Reward duo this season

Schalke coach David Wagner sees the resumption of their Bundesliga campaign as a “huge advantage” after Borussia Dortmund suspended the Coronavirus against Riviarderby.

The Bundesliga will resume on Saturday after a gap of more than two months due to the epidemic, which has killed more than 20,000,000 people in Germany.

Schalke’s journey to Signal Iduna Park is a selection of first-weekend matches, with visitors hoping they will strengthen their bid for a European spot and reduce the chances of bitter rivals pushing Bayern Munich into the title fight.

The season will start again in empty stadiums and with strict medical protocols for all the necessary participants, ensuring that the rest of the matches will have a strange atmosphere.

Wagner’s frustrated fans won’t be able to take part, with the former Huddersfield Town boss confident that starting the season with this kind of high-profile fixer could just be a good thing.

“The boys have recently behaved in an exemplary manner,” Wagner told reporters Thursday. “It’s a very difficult situation for all of us – both personal and professional.

“It was tough, but the kids made the best of this situation.

“A huge advantage is that we’re not just playing an old match, but a derby. Even though the fans can’t stay with us at the stadium, I know they will fully support us.”

A win for Schalak will ensure they are in sixth place, and a win over Dortmund could see them end Bayern’s one-point adrift over Union Berlin on Sunday.