Football today returned in Germany after the outbreak of the Coronarus pandemic, with games being played behind closed doors.
I watched the clash between third placed RB Leipzig, who welcomed eighth placed SC Freiburg to the Red Bull Arena – with an eye on players who have been linked with Chelsea over the last few months.
Of those players, only Timo Werner started, with Luca Waldschmidt only making the bench for Freiburg.
French under 21 and RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano was suspended from the game after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the game before football was put on hold. Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu didn’t manage to make the squad either, seemingly still suffering from a back injury that he sustained back in February.
Timo Werner had a decent game, but on the whole Leipzig were sluggish – both teams showed the consequences of them not having played for a number of weeks.
We fans did get to see a glimpse of Waldschmidt in the 68th minute when he came on for Vincenzo Grifo. This was one of five substitutions that teams are now allowed take in the wake of Coronavirus, with the hope of protecting players better.
Freiburg took the lead in the 34th minute through Manuel Gulde, with Leipzig equalising in the 77th minute with a header from captain Yussuf Poulsen.
Freiburg throught they had nabbed all three points in the 92nd minute when Robin Koch side-footed the ball past Peter Gulacsi, however the goal was disallowed by VAR due to offside during the build up.
Leipzig will be disappointed with today’s game, where they would have been looking for the 3 points to try and push for the title. Chelsea target Timo Werner had a mediocre game, but wasn’t helped by being surrounded by a slow and sluggish team.