Thursday Jun 11, 2020. 13:00
Algeria international Ramy Bensebaini says it has been difficult playing German Bundesliga matches in the absence of fans.
The games in the German top-flight league are being played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic since last month.
Bensebaini, who is on the books of Borussia Mochengdlabach, has opened up about playing in front of empty stands.
“It feels like we are playing friendly games,” Bensebaini told BBC Sport.
“It’s hard to find motivation in front of no-one, but we have to play, 100%.
“It’s not the first time in my career I have played behind closed doors – it happened to me in France – but even if you actually don’t feel at home, it’s the same for everybody.”
The 25-year-old defender has impressed in his first season in Germany after joining Monchengdlabach from French side Rennes last August.
“I feel like everything is more straight in Germany than in France,” he continued.
“Even generally. Like at the beginning of the season, I arrived two or three times late for training. The coach told me, ‘here you are not in France, you are in Germany.’
“He wasn’t having it when I told him it was because of the traffic. He answered: ‘if you need to leave one hour earlier, do it!’.”
Bensebaini said his French-speaking teammates helped him adapt quickly to life in the Bundesliga having made 16 appearances and scored five times in the competition.
“There are a lot of French-speaking guys in the group [Alassane Pléa, Marcus Thuram and Mamadou Doucouré from France, Ibrahima Traoré from Guinea] and it helped me a lot when I joined the team,” he added.
“There is a great bond in the group and it transpires on the pitch.”