Match operations in the first and second Bundesliga divisions were suspended from 13 March to mid-May 2020 on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. After DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH had submitted a hygiene and safety concept, the minister presidents of the federal states resolved on 6 May 2020 to allow match operations in the first and second Bundesliga divisions to resume behind closed doors. Borussia Dortmund resumed action on 16 May 2020, facing FC Schalke 04 in a local derby, before playing all nine outstanding matches of the current season by 27 June 2020.
Borussia Dortmund chalked up 69 points in the 2019/2020 Bundesliga season to once again finish in second place behind FC Bayern Munich, as had been the case in the previous year. As runners-up, Borussia Dortmund qualified directly for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League in the 2020/2021 season as well as this year's DFL Super Cup.
UEFA Champions League
Borussia Dortmund advanced from the group stage to the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League after finishing in second place in its group with three wins, one draw and two losses. Although Borussia Dortmund won the first leg against Paris Saint-Germain 2:1, the team was eliminated from the competition after losing the return match 0:2 in what was the club's first match behind closed doors of the season.
After beating both KFC Uerdingen and Borussia Mönchengladbach, Lucien Favre's team lost 3:2 against Werder Bremen in the quarter finals on 4 February 2020.