Tyler Adams is primed to resume the 2019/20 Bundesliga campaign with title contenders RB Leipzig. - © DFL
Tyler Adams is primed to resume the 2019/20 Bundesliga campaign with title contenders RB Leipzig. - © DFL
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Tyler Adams: "RB Leipzig are ready to take care of business"

Tyler Adams believes RB Leipzig are well equipped to play the nine remaining rounds of Bundesliga fixtures and complete the 2019/20 season by the end of June.

Leipzig led the Bundesliga standings at the halfway stage, but were third in the table - five points behind leaders Bayern Munich - when the season was postponed indefinitely after 25 rounds of fixtures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bundesliga clubs were allowed to return to training at the start of April, albeit working individually, in pairs or in small groups whilst maintaining social distancing guidelines.

On 23 April, meanwhile, the German Football League (DFL) said in a statement that it is working towards resuming proceedings, underpinned by a rigorous testing programme, with a view to fulfilling the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign by 30 June.

Adams has told Transfermarkt he and Leipzig are ready to resume whenever conditions permit: "If the game started tomorrow, I think that we would be ready to play and, our team had such a strong mentality and the form doesn't really matter. We know that once we get back out on the pitch we're gonna take care of business."

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Leipzig have not played competitively since sealing a 4-0 aggregate win over English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League last-16 on 10 March. A maiden quarter-final berth has been achieved alongside a sustained title push in the Bundesliga - something which Adams says should stand Die Roten Bullen in good stead ahead of a potentially jam-packed final straight, should the season shutdown be lifted.

"We're fortunate enough to have a very deep squad this year, so the depth has been able to contribute to a lot of our success, so if we have to cram games in short weeks, I think that our team is perfect for that scenario," the former New York Red Bulls prodigy opined, before giving his thoughts on behind-closed doors fixtures - another proviso for plans to restart the campaign.

"You know playing at certain venues can be difficult, I am not saying it won’t be difficult anymore, but it will have a more neutral flavor, so for us, it will be about doing our homework and focus on our tactics," Adams explained.

"We are going to look at this in a positive way. A lot of times, you can get caught up in other team’s results. For us, the first result will be important to build some momentum for the rest of the season."

Adams has been restricted to just five Bundesliga appearances in 2019/20, owing to groin and calf troubles. - Boris Streubel/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images

Adams also revealed how the Leipzig coaching and playing staff's voluntary decision to forego a percentage of their salaries in light of the Coronavirus pandemic was a no-brainer.

"When you look at general life, a lot of people are at risk of losing their jobs, so I am trying to help people and organizations that help with these kinds of causes," he said.

"I think that being a professional athlete, we have to have the perspective that yeah we're very, very fortunate.

"[The pay cut] is something we discussed, and as a team, we decided to do it. We know it's the right thing to do."

Adams is in his first full campaign as a Bundesliga player. The 21-year-old finished his debut half-season with two assists in 10 league appearances, as well as a DFB Cup runners-up medal, but has been beset by injury troubles in 2019/20.

The Tottenham game was his first in a month, and only sixth senior outing of the season, though he recently signed a new deal to keep him at the Red Bull Arena until summer 2025 - such is the impression the New Yorker has made in his short time on German soil.

"I wanted to prove to everybody that an American kid can be successful in Europe," he recalled of his decision to swap Major League Soccer for the Bundesliga in January 2019.

"But what else I would say is that my teammates and the coaches here did a tremendous job of helping me fit in. Everybody made it very easy.

"I think that the success of Alphonso Davies and myself (sic) means that teams here are willing to take risks on young players."