The empty stalls made Burki ‘s encounter unusual, if not entirely fresh as the eyes of the football world were on Signal Iduna Park for the highest-profile match of the Bundesliga ‘s return from the Covid-19 suspension.
Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki thinks that they had rediscovered the excitement of childhood football when they returned to action with a 4-0 derby win over local rival Schalke.
After Erling Haaland and Thorgan Hazard and Raphael Guerreiro double, Dortmund took the lead from Bayern Munich, who played in Union Berlin on Sunday.
“This was no different from the game we used to play when we were children. Without spectators, just having fun. You could see that was the case for the team.” Burki said quoting on Dortmund’s website.
Winger Julian Brandt backed Burki ‘s assessment and the home side welcomed the Sudtribune after the game in homage to their absent fans.
“I would’ve obviously preferred it if we had been playing under normal conditions,” Brandt said. “We all need to adapt. But in a situation like this, you have to try and have fun. And we did at times.”
“And what better way to resume our campaign than with a win? We performed well, even if it wasn’t perfect.”
“In the second half, in particular, we should’ve tried to keep the level up. But we made it 3-0 relatively quickly; that played into our hands. Towards the end, our energy levels dwindled. I thought it was good for the first game after such a long time. We can build on this.”