Bayern coach Flick the key to latest Bundesliga triumph

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Bayern coach Flick the secret to most current Bundesliga accomplishment

BERLIN (AP) – Bayern Munich efficiently won the Bundesliga title in November when it selected Hansi Flick as coach.

Flick brought back the happiness of playing to a side that doubted and out of balance under previous coach Niko Kovac, tightened up a defense that was vulnerable to errors and changed the group into a ruthless and effective winning maker.

The 55- year-old previous Germany assistant positioned his rely on young gamers like Joshua Zirkzee, turned Canadian teenager Alphonso Davies into an exceptional left back, transformed David Alaba into an outstanding center back, and got the very best out of gamers like Thomas Müller and Leon Goretzka.

Flick’s side lastly sealed the title on Tuesday thanks to a 1-0 win at Werder Bremen.

“This is just the first step,” stated Flick, whose group is well-placed to reach the Champions League quarterfinals and has a German Cup last versus Bayer Leverkusen on July 4.

The group had actually been spluttering under Kovac, dropping points throughout half its league video games and losing 2 from the 10 played. Bayern’s protective record was its worst because Jürgen Klinsmann was coach in 2008.

The club managers lastly fired Kovac on Nov. 3, one day after his group plunged to a 5-1 loss at his previous side Eintracht Frankfurt on Nov. 2. It was Bayern’s heaviest league loss for more than 10 years.

Kovac had actually led Bayern to a league and cup double the season prior to however never ever had the complete support of the club’s management.

“It’s just not happening. Something has to change,” Bayern captain Manuel Neuer grumbled after the loss in Frankfurt.

Bayern put Kovac’s assistant Flick in charge “for the time being.”


He never ever recalled. He began with a 2-0 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League prior to leading Bayern to a 4-0 thrashing of extremely fancied title opposition Borussia Dortmund in his very first Bundesliga video game in charge.

The group went on to rating 16 objectives in 4 video games prior to 2-1 beats to Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach offered a problem.

However Flick didn’t panic, and Bayern hasn’t lost a video game because. The only blot on his record because those back-to-back beats in late November/early December was a goalless draw with Leipzig in February.

Bayern is presently on a 14- video game winning run consisting of the 3-0 win over Chelsea in London in the Champions League.

Flick’s points-per-game ratio of 2.72 throughout all competitors is even much better than Jupp Heynckes’ from Bayern’s triple-winning season in 2013, and much better than Pep Guardiola’s ratio the following season, when the Spanish coach led Bayern to its earliest ever Bundesliga title in March.

Flick didn’t keep his “interim” status for long. Bayern connected the 55- year-old to a brand-new offer through June 2023 in April.

“When I was a player, it was all about success. You’d win 1-0 any way possible. Today, winning alone isn’t enough. I think that’s spot on,” Flick informed the club publication after finalizing.

There are likewise other factors Bayern has actually won an unmatched 8 successive title, mainly connected to the club’s monetary may. Rewarding sponsorship offers – consisting of a handle Qatar Airways that has actually been slammed by fans – assisted Bayern post record turnover of 750.4 million euros ($845 million) and record earnings of 146.1 euros ($164 million) for the 2018-19 season.

“Bayern’s development is outstanding, both in a sporting and financial sense,” club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated when the current yearly figures were launched in September.

It implies Bayern can manage to complete for the world’s finest gamers.

Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho showed up on loan from Barcelona last summer season with an alternative to make the offer long-term for 120 million euros ($135 million) at the end of this season. However the playmaker has actually been not able to develop himself in the group.

Bayern likewise paid a league record 80 million euros ($90 million) to Atlético Madrid for French left back Lucas Hernández, who has actually hardly included this season due to injury. Fellow World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard likewise showed up from Stuttgart for a reported 35 million ($40 million) last summer season and appears like a much better financial investment.


Bayern’s repeating success likewise attracts other gamers to sign up with. Germany midfielder Goretzka signed up with on a totally free transfer from Bundesliga competing Schalke in 2018, while up-and-coming goalkeeper Alexander Nübel is likewise signing up with free of charge from Schalke from next season.

Nübel has actually been promoted as a replacement for Neuer, though his efficiencies have actually dipped because the transfer was revealed. Thankfully for Bayern, the 34- year-old Neuer looks as great as ever. He likewise just recently extended his agreement.

On the other hand, Bayern’s competitors continue to dissatisfy. Dortmund came closest to challenging this season, however was eventually reversed by its own disparity. Bayern’s 1-0 win in Dortmund on May 26 ended any thriller in the title race.

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Ciarán Fahey on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cfaheyAP

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