Football is nothing without the fans and that was made clear to see for everyone who tuned in to watch Borussia Dortmund win 4-0 against Schalke on Saturday.
Signal Iduna Park is one of the biggest and most atmospheric stadiums in world football but as it hosted a fierce local derby clash between two of Germany’s biggest clubs, the game simply felt different.
You didn’t have fans sucking the ball towards one end of the pitch or the other with their passionate support and catchy chants. You didn’t have the limbs you would have normally seen when Erling Haaland put Dortmund ahead with a superb goal in the Revierderby.
It was a good football match, albeit one-sided, but it just didn’t feel like football without their being any fans in the stadium.
Leeds United are likely to have the same thing happen to them if the season does resume and the Whites are able to play out their final nine matches.
If the Championship season resumes next month or whenever it may be then it seems 99.9 per cent likely that it will be behind closed doors.
Imagine if Leeds’ players win promotion in an empty stadium.
Pablo Hernandez might score a last-minute winner to mathematically secure promotion against a team like Stoke or Barnsley but there will be nothing but the muted cheers of those on the subs’ bench and Marcelo Bielsa’s coaching staff.
It would be such a bittersweet moment and you only have to look at Dortmund’s players celebrating in front of an empty stand at the end of their win against Schalke to realise that.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has said what he would bet his house on happening to Leeds’ promotion bid.