Wagner believes recommencing season with Revierderby is 'huge advantage'


Schalke coach David Wagner thinks it is a "huge advantage" to recommence their Bundesliga campaign following the coronavirus suspension with the Revierderby against Borussia Dortmund.

The Bundesliga will resume on Saturday after a hiatus of more than two months due to the pandemic, which has resulted in over 7,000 deaths in Germany.

Schalke's trip to Signal Iduna Park is the pick of the matches in the first weekend back, with the visitors hoping to strengthen their bid for a European spot and dent their bitter rivals' chances of pushing Bayern Munich all the way in the title race.

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The season will resume in empty stadiums and with strict medical protocols for all necessary attendees, ensuring there will be a peculiar atmosphere to the remaining matches.

While Wagner is disappointed fans cannot attend, the former Huddersfield Town boss is confident getting the season kick-started with such a high-profile fixture can only be a good thing.

"The lads have behaved in an exemplary manner recently," Wagner told reporters on Thursday. "It's an extremely tough situation for us all - both privately and professionally.

"It's been tough going, but the lads have made the best of this situation.

"One huge advantage is that we aren't just playing any old match, but rather the derby. Even though the fans can't be with us in the stadium, I know that they will be fully backing us."

Victory for Schalke will ensure they remain sixth, while a win for Dortmund could see them finish the weekend just a point adrift of Bayern, who go to Union Berlin on Sunday.

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