Germany: Saturday's Schalke derby will be 'strange' — Dortmund's Sporting Director

Borussia Dortmund Head Coach Lucien Favre and Sporting Director Michael Zorc held a press conference in Dortmund on Thursday to discuss the reopening of the Bundesliga and Saturday's home derby against Schalke. The Revierderby between the two sides from North Rhine-Westphalia is normally one of the most anticipated spectacles in European football, especially in regards to the fans, who will be... Еще absent amid social distancing measures. This match would normally attract a crowd of more than 81,000 spectators, creating an unmatched atmosphere at the Signal Iduna Park stadium. «This is an extremely new and strange situation for everyone, we have to adjust to it, it will come on Saturday. And of course, we want to win this game, but the first priority is to organise this 'restart',» said Sporting director Michael Zorc. Neither side has played competitively since March 7th and both sides will undoubtedly have some players with fitness and availability issues. «They will definitely not be there, I am speaking of [Axel] Witsel and [Emre] Can,» confirmed Head Coach Favre. Club captain Marco Reus will also be unavailable. This will be the 156th Revierderby between Dortmund and Schalke since the rivalry began in 1925. Schalke currently lead the all-time derby results table with 60 wins to Dortmund's 43, the match has ended in a draw 43 times. Saturday will be the first time in history that the game is played behind closed doors. When coronavirus halted play in March, the Bundesliga table was close at the top. Bayern Munich currently lead with 55 points, just four points more than second-placed Dortmund. Schalke currently find themselves in 6th place with 37 points. Mandatory Credit: BVB TV Mandatory Credit: BVB TV
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