This weekend just gone, Germany became the centre of a case study by the rest of the world, as we all looked up to the Germans to see if football can indeed come back to our stadia, and to our football screens.

Germany was bold, and the Bundesliga made a somewhat successful return to our screens. The safety protocol was good, efficiently and methodically executed in typical German fashion.

The quality of the games was good too….it was like if they had never been away. And I’m sure millions enjoyed the fact that there is hope….not just for football, but for the world to return to some form of normalcy after a harrowing few months for everyone.

But something was missing….and it was something that makes us appreciate that yes there is hope, yes there is something called the ‘new normal’ but this missing something makes some of us reluctant to accept this as the ‘new normal’ and we would really want a ‘real normal’ to take effect sooner rather than later.