Sheffield United's John Egan reveals which Bundesliga team he will be supporting when the German season resumes today
John Egan has revealed which Bundesliga team he will be supporting when German football returns to action, after acknowledging the success of the Deutsche Fußball Liga’s own ‘Project Restart’ could shape the Premier League’s plans to lift its fixture suspension next month.
Nine weeks after mothballing its own competitions due to the coronavirus crisis, the DFL has now granted permission for member clubs to stage matches behind closed doors with six games scheduled to take place later today.
Confirming he is excited by the prospect of watching the likes of Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig in action - Egan, the Sheffield United defender, said: “I’ve spoken to a few mates about who they’re going to be following and they’ve all gone for Union Berlin because they think they’ve got similarities with us. They (Union) got promoted last season and were being tipped to struggle I think, but they’re doing nothing of the sort so I can see what the lads are on about.
“I’ll go with them, then. I’m really looking forward to seeing some football on television again. To be honest, I’ll be glued to it.”
Like United, Urs Fischer’s side were written off as certainties for relegation after reaching the highest level of their domestic game. And, like United, Union have emerged as one of the surprise packages of the season - ranked 11th ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with Bayern Munich. After facing the 29 time German champions, Fischer’s men meet their arch-rivals Hertha in an eagerly anticipated Berlin derby next weekend.
United are seventh on the table - only five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea - with 10 matches of their league campaign remaining.
With the PL outlining its intention to complete its own 2019/20 campaign by the end of July, Egan said: “I think everyone will be keeping an eye on what happens there, to see how things work out.
“We’ve been kept in the loop about what’s happening here really well. It’s important we get some clarity and, when the decisions are made, then we can have a proper plan.”