Former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was far from impressed with the Bundesliga’s long-awaited return, poking fun at the new rules that have been introduced.
The top two visions of German football returned to action for the first time in two months on Saturday, with Borussia Dortmund moving to within a point of league leaders Bayern Munich after hammering Schalke.
Erling Haaland was the star of the show once again, scoring after half an hour with a sublime finish, though he had to celebrate alone as the players all maintained social distance.
Fabregas was as excited for the return of football as everyone else, tuning in to watch Dortmund in action, though he was left a little cold by the experience and does not think the rules make any sense.
‘I feel like I’m watching a training session,’ the Monaco midfielder tweeted during the game.
‘You can hear all players and coaches shouting. Now we will value the power of the fans even more.
‘Captains choosing pitch sides with a three metre distance when straight away they have to fight for every ball against each other face to face.
‘I’m glad football is back, we all needed it, but it will take ages to get used to this new world of football.’
After Haaland’s solo-celebration, Fabregas added: ‘You can’t celebrate goals together? Didn’t know this one.’
One of Fabregas’ followers tweeted that, despite players being unable to celebrate together and high-five each other, they could stand side-by-side in a free-kick wall, to which he replied: ‘Exactly!’
There were some odd scenes in other matches, with Borussia Monchengladbach striker Lillian Thuram waving away his teammates after scoring against Frieberg only to kiss a teammate on the cheek moments later, with the new rules clearly taking time to bed in.
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