AOn Thursday, Julian Nagelsmann, FC Bayern’s soccer coach, spoke in a press conference about the players in his team who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid-19. “I’m being completely honest,” he said before the away game in Augsburg. “I claim that the players who are not vaccinated understand that the risk of missing out on more games and training sessions as an unvaccinated person is greater than that of a vaccinated person. I don’t think I have to make this clear to any player. That is obvious. ”And yet Nagelsmann spoke the obvious into the microphone in front of the camera. More clearly than ever before.
A weekend later, this danger has already become a reality. On Friday, Joshua Kimmich had to be in isolation because of a private contact on the instructions of the health department. His teammates Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting and Michael Cuisance followed on Sunday. According to the club’s website, they had “contact with a person in the immediate vicinity of the FC Bayern team who tested positive for the corona virus”. One has to assume that they will all miss the Champions League game in Kiev this Tuesday (6.45 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Champions League and at Dazn). And of course, in this context, the next question immediately arises: What if you weren’t missing in the insignificant fifth game of the preliminary round, but in the round of 16?