'Can't wait for when the fans are back in the stadium'

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On Saturday evening, FC Bayern host Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena in an eagerly anticipated Bundesliga clash. It's a fixture that has captured the football masses for decades, but sadly a very important element will be missing again this time – the fans in the stadium.

It's a year since Bayern's last match in front of spectators at the Allianz Arena. The players may have learned "to deal with the situation", as Manuel Neuer describes, but the yearning for the support from the stands is huge. "The team misses you a lot," Neuer tells the fans. A few weeks ago, Bayern stars spoke to members magazine '51' about playing behind closed doors – now they relay their messages to the supporters.

Manuel Neuer


Thomas Müller


Robert Lewandowski


Serge Gnabry


Kingsley Coman


Herbert Hainer, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidžić are optimistic about the future:

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