The Premier League is lagging behind Germany during the coronavirus crisis, according to Chelsea star Timo Werner, who says social distancing rules are "stricter" in England.
The new Bundesliga season kicked off in style on Friday night, as reigning champions Bayern Munich thrashed Schalke 8-0 at Allianz Arena.
The Bavarian outfit had hoped to welcome supporters back into their stadium for the clash, with clubs from some states granted permission to house a reduced number of fans over the weekend, but Munich's mayor ended up blocking the proposal.
The coronavirus outbreak signalled a temporary end to capacity crowds across Europe in March, as all major leagues shut down just past the mid-way point of the 2019-20 campaign.
The Bundesliga were the first to resume in May, and managed to complete their domestic schedule behind closed doors by the beginning of July, while Bayern benefitted from an extra month's rest during their run to Champions League glory the following month.
The Premier League rescheduling has not run quite as smoothly, but the new season was cleared to get underway last weekend, with traditional 3pm kick-off times on Saturdays scrapped for the time being and no firm date for the return of supporters set as of yet.
Werner says protocols in Germany were far more relaxed during his time at Leipzig, and that English football is further away from a return to normality than their European rivals.
The Chelsea forward told Bild when quizzed on the current state of affairs in the Premier League: "In our 3-1 away win in Brighton, we actually all three (Antonio Rudiger, Kai Havertz, Werner) sat next to each other, I chose the golden seat.
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