It seems like it’s been an eternity, but football is finally back.
On Saturday, the German Bundesliga will return after a two-month hiatus due to coronavirus.
The German top flight is the world’s first major football league to restart and we couldn’t be happier. Every game until the end of the season will be shown on BT Sport, too.
Most teams have nine games to play and there’s plenty to play for. Bayern Munich currently lead the way, four points ahead of Borussia Dortmund.
The top four teams will earn a spot and fifth and sixth will play in the Europa League.
Schalke, currently in sixth place in the Bundesliga, have a lot of work to do to get into the top four - they are 12 points behind fourth-placed Borussia Monchengladbach - but they’re counting on support from Premier League fans.
The Gelsenkirchen outfit have sent an appeal to fans of every Premier League club to get their support for the remainder of the season.
They’ve appealed for support from Liverpool fans as Joel Matip used to play for Schalke.
Meanwhile, Man United supporters should follow them as “You’ll never walk alone is banned here.”
Check out the tweet they sent to every fanbase…
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At the top of the Bundesliga table, Bayern have the advantage but Dortmund and RB Leipzig haven’t given up hope of catching them.
Dortmund are four points behind Hans-Dieter Flick’s side and Leipzig are a further point behind.
Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann hopes the extended break can be an advantage in his side’s attempts to topple Bayern.
"The whole situation is like before a tournament. We all had a short break, then a relaxed phase and now an intense preparation," he told magazine Kicker, per BBC Sport.
"We're going to try to win this nine-game tournament - with the theoretical possibility of finishing first."
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