The world watches with relief as Bundesliga makes a safe return

A resumption that passed off without any disasters was greeted with a generally positive reaction by the press, though some fans are still to be convinced

There was, said Thomas Müller, “a tingling sensation because it was starting again”. Not nervousness, he was quick to stress, but an opening day of the season feeling, as the Bundesliga got back out of the blocks. This time, it was with an atmosphere of the ultimate juxtaposition – in echoey stadiums, but with the whole world watching.

“Gedämpfte Freude” – muffled joy – was how the headline on Monday’s edition of Kicker put it, set across a photo of Borussia Dortmund’s players saluting a cavernous, empty Südtribune after their emphatic 4-0 Revierderby win over Schalke on Saturday afternoon. “It was spontaneous,” said midfielder Julian Brandt, and that was key to a weekend which was a string of unusual occasions.

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