Berlin, Germany, September 23 – Bayern Munich could raise more titles when they face Sevilla on Thursday in the European Super Cup, but traveling German fans have been warned not to think again before traveling to Budapest and coach Hansi Flick asked whether the match should go ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic. .
Champions League winners head to Hungary in 22 consecutive games, extending through February, which seems to be sweeping the titles of the Champions League, German League and German Cup.
Bayern opened the new Bundesliga season last Friday by crushing Schalke 8-0 as German winger Leroy Sane scored on his Munich debut and declared that “the whole team showed how hungry we are”.
Their appetite for more titles could be saturated with two trophies next week as they face Dortmund in the German Super Cup on September 30th.
However, Covid-19 overshadowed Thursday’s confrontation as the German government declared Budapest a danger zone due to its high infection rate.
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Flick admits that he “does not fully understand” why UEFA insists that the match will continue there, “but we are not the ones making the decision.”
On Tuesday, Bavaria’s state premier, Marcus Soder, announced a tightening of rules “affecting in particular the Super Cup” for Bayern Munich fans.
“Everyone should think again about whether the travel is reasonable,” said Soeder.
Covid-19 supporters must either be tested before and after the trip to Budapest or quarantined for two weeks.
“This is how we want to prevent the possibility of infection,” said Sweider.
Only 500 Seville fans and 1,300 Bayern fans are expected to watch the match at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.
Both clubs set up testing centers in their respective hometowns in an effort to reduce the risk that Thursday’s match would become a “super-popular” event.
Soder had already expressed doubts on Monday whether the match in Budapest would continue.
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“We must be very careful not to risk a new kind of football,” said the politician, referring to the now infamous Austrian ski resort, where thousands of vacationers contracted the virus at the start of the pandemic. in Europe.
“Will the Super Cup become the Super Spreader?” German newspaper Bild asked Tuesday.
Bayern’s top managers, including its boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, have come under fire for ignoring social distancing and sitting in a close group to watch the demolition of Schalke 04 Friday in Munich.
Rummenigge promised to perform better in Budapest, pledging that “we all agree that the picture (of the group) was not typical – we must and we will change that in the next match.”
Bayern star Robert Lewandowski, who scored the penalty kick and set up two more goals on Friday, trained for just 12 minutes on Tuesday to allow him to skip a blow to the ankle.
Sevilla came to the match after he got a match fitness after having secured the first two weeks of La Liga after winning the European League.
Brahim Amadou, Rocky Mesa, Alex Vidal and Yoris Gangnon, who are expected to leave the club, did not train in Julen Lopetegui’s final round on Tuesday.
Sevilla re-contracted Ivan Rakitic, who will likely start against Bayern, after he was part of Barcelona’s 8-2 insult at the hands of the Germans in August, albeit from the bench.
Seville has won the European League five times in the last 14 years, but has only won the Super Cup once, which was the first attempt in 2006.
This is the first time since 2013 – when they beat Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final that season – that Bayern are competing in the Super Cup.