"Now we know even more just how important fans are for this sport," Gladbach coach Marco Rose said after Wednesday's win over FC Köln, which was played behind closed doors.
|Marco Rose.||Photo: Steindy, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0|
Borussia Mönchengladbach took a 2-1 win over local rivals FC Köln in the Bundesliga on Wednesday as the Rhinederby was played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak.
While Gladbach coach Marco Rose was happy with the win, he missed the atmosphere that the fans usually create.
"The lads got stuck in and got their reward for a battling performance. We obviously talked before the game about how the onus is on us without the fans there, and that every player has to push themselves and their teammates – I think we dealt with it well," Rose said, as quoted by the club.
"We got the win, so we're happy about that, but it doesn't change the fact that football without fans just isn’t the football that we want. We dealt with the situation very professionally, but now we know even more just how important fans are for this sport. We can only hope that they will be able to return to the stadium soon," he added.
All Bundesliga games of Matchday 26 will be played behind closed doors as well.