Bayer Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz said the build-up for the Bundesliga’s return at the weekend has been spooky and not much fun.
Bayer Leverkusen on fifth-place, is chasing a spot in next season’s Champions League, returns to their season with an away game to Werder Bremen on Monday at the end of a two-month halt caused by the coronavirus.
Preparing for a return to Bundesliga, the first major sporting league to return to action, has meant a Multitude of health measures that have left Bayer Leverkusen’s coach feeling unnatural.
“We have been in quarantine for a week now,” Bayer Leverkusen’s coach told Dutch NOS television in a video interview.
“On the bus to the hotel there was a big screen behind the driver. It all looked very spooky. It certainly doesn’t make it fun.”
“It is difficult to say what awaits us and how we will do. But I’m confident,” Bosz added.
He said he was looking forward to a return to action and he is not afraid about his own health, even though he is asthmatic.
“We were all tested on Tuesday morning for the fourth time. Fortunately, all negatives,” He said.
“The hygiene measures are so good that I feel completely safe.”
“It can also go wrong; everyone is aware of that. But the Bundesliga cannot afford that sort of setback and that is why they have been urging us to properly observe all the health measures.”
He did express concern about his team’s fitness.
“We are not at our optimal level yet. We saw that in the practice games we played. We organised them in our stadium, to mimic the conditions the players can expect in the future.”
Bosz will also be wearing a mask while coaching from the sidelines, which could prove to be an irritating distraction.
“It is an advantage that we only play on Monday. By then I will already have seen how the other coaches deal with it,” he said.
“I have to wear a mask on the bench, but if I want to say something from the edge of the technical area, I can take it off.”
“So, I guess I’ll be in the technical area for the entire game.”
Bayer Leverkusen have a busy schedule ahead of them if they are to complete their season.
They have nine e league games still to play, are in the German Cup semifinals, and have the chance to advance in the Europa League, where they are leading Scotland’s Rangers 3-1 after the first leg of their last 16-tier.