May 18, 2020 / 8:10 AM / 13 days ago

Talking points from the Bundesliga weekend

BERLIN (Reuters) - Talking points from the Bundesliga's return at the weekend:

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Borussia Dortmund v Schalke 04 - Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany - May 16, 2020 General view of the action and empty stands, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Heinz Buese/Pool via REUTERS

NO FANS

The Bundesliga's return to action on Saturday was the best news clubs have had for weeks but with no fans in the stands due to conoravirus restrictions the atmosphere took some getting used to.

"It is very strange," Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said. "You have no noise, you take a shot on the goal, you play a great pass, you score a goal and, nothing. Nothing happens."

For Bayern's Thomas Mueller the atmosphere reminded him of "old men's games played in the afternoon."

HERTHA CELEBRATIONS

Teams were ordered to avoid group celebrations as part of the health and safety regulations for the restart but Hertha Berlin players were unable to contain themselves and celebrated in the usual fashion during their 3-0 win over Hoffenheim.

"I am sorry but we are passionate footballers, not robots," said Vedad Ibisevic, who scored once.

“I asked our doctor before the game if the goal would still count if we did that. That was for me the most important thing,” he said.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Borussia Dortmund v Schalke 04 - Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany - May 16, 2020 Dortmund players celebrate after the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Martin Meissner/Pool via REUTERS

ZAGADOU INJURY

Dortmund defender Dan-Axel Zagadou will not play again this season due to injury. The player suffered a knee ligament injury in training in April and was expected to be fit for the run-in but remained sidelined for the win over Schalke 04 on Saturday.

“He will not play any more this season,” coach Favre said.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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