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It was the number of tackles and the number of dribbles that had fallen, but the work rate and effort put in had barely changed.
So hopefully they will have enough match fitness to produce entertaining and competitive contests though things like the higher temperatures of summer are unknown variables.
Given the players didn’t play any games for two months, you’d expect the pace of games to be slower, at least to start with.
89 per cent of Bundesliga teams used more than three substitutions on the first weekend and most managers will continue to take advantage of the rule change.
The semi-finals of the German Cup, which see Bayern Munich play Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen play third division Saarbrucken, are pencilled in for June 9/10 with the final on July 4.
But a statistical study of the first weekend back compared to the final weekend pre-lockdown showed players were running just as far and producing just as many sprints.
Borussia Dortmund took ages to get going against Wolfsburg last Saturday and were well below their best, but ultimately won 2-0. The game between Werder Bremen and Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday was a bore goalless draw.
FIFA changed the rules to allow teams an extra two substitutions to cover for injuries and cramp suffered by the players.
The Bundesliga’s fixture schedule will see most teams play six more times in a little under a month, with the final day scheduled for June 27.
Only one more midweek round is scheduled – on June 16/17 – and so the workload for clubs that regularly play in European competition isn’t much different to normal.
If the Premier League makes its return in late June, the players will have been back in training roughly the same amount of time as their German counterparts were.
Some possibly were late taking advantage. For example, Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann used only three of his permitted five subs in their first game back against Freiburg and dropped two vital points in a 1-1 draw that dented their title hopes.
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