Without fans, Reviarderby ‘bleeds your heart’ – Jork

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Retrieved 14 May 2020, 17:40 IST

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Michael Jork warns that a revider without fans is a painful reality that Borussia Dortmund and Schalke followers must accept.

Bundesliga rivals meet on Saturday after Germany’s top flight resumed after the longest shutdown following a cornovirus outbreak.

However, the match will be held behind closed doors and supporters have been urged to stay away from Signal Iduna Park.

“Without a fan, a Revarderby bleeds your heart out,” said Jerk, Dantmund’s sports director. “

“Without supporters there on Saturday we will need a high level of personal motivation.

“Everyone has to watch the game at home, it’s very important to restart.”

League leaders Bayern Munich’s BVB are four points behind and were drawn 0-0 on a trip to Seattle in October.

Coach Lucien Fave acknowledges the unique circumstances surrounding such a high level of perseverance, but mentions two things that will help him – the ability to replace five and the fact that his players have benefited from the services of psychologists.

“I’m glad we can change five players during the game. It’s a very good idea and it will be necessary,” he said.

“It’s great that we now have a psychologist in our team, since it’s a special situation for everyone.

“We have trained well. Now we are in the hotel, everyone is doing their job very well. We have no problem with that.”

After forcing both players to leave the team’s quarantine bubble for treatment for injuries, Favre has confirmed that he will be without Axel Witsell and Emre Kane.