Hansi Flick the important thing to Bayern Munich’s newest Bundesliga triumph

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Bayern Munich successfully received the Bundesliga title in November when it appointed Hansi Flick as coach.

Flick restored the enjoyment of enjoying to a facet that was unsure and unbalanced beneath earlier coach Niko Kovac, tightened a protection that was susceptible to errors and reworked the crew right into a relentless and environment friendly profitable machine.

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The 55-year-old former Germany assistant positioned his belief in younger gamers like Joshua Zirkzee, turned Canadian teen Alphonso Davies into an impressive left again, transformed David Alaba into a wonderful middle again, and bought the very best out of gamers like Thomas Müller and Leon Goretzka.

Flick’s facet lastly sealed the title on Tuesday due to a 1-Zero win at Werder Bremen.

“This is simply step one,” mentioned Flick, whose crew is well-placed to succeed in the Champions League quarterfinals and has a German Cup closing towards Bayer Leverkusen on July 4.

The crew had been spluttering beneath Kovac, dropping factors throughout half its league video games and dropping two from the 10 performed. Bayern’s defensive document was its worst since Jürgen Klinsmann was coach in 2008.

The membership bosses lastly fired Kovac on Nov. 3, in the future after his crew slumped to a 5-1 loss at his former facet Eintracht Frankfurt on Nov. 2. It was Bayern’s heaviest league loss for greater than 10 years.

Kovac had led Bayern to a league and cup double the season earlier than however by no means had the total backing of the membership’s management.

“It’s simply not occurring. Something has to vary,” Bayern captain Manuel Neuer complained after the loss in Frankfurt.

Bayern put Kovac’s assistant Flick in cost “in the intervening time.”

He by no means regarded again. He began with a 2-Zero win over Olympiakos within the Champions League earlier than main Bayern to a 4-Zero rout of extremely fancied title challenger Borussia Dortmund in his first Bundesliga recreation in cost.

The crew went on to attain 16 targets in 4 video games earlier than 2-1 defeats to Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach offered a setback.

But Flick didn’t panic, and Bayern hasn’t misplaced a recreation since. The solely blot on his document since these back-to-back defeats in late November/early December was a goalless draw with Leipzig in February.

Bayern is presently on a 14-game profitable run together with the 3-Zero win over Chelsea in London within the Champions League.

Flick’s points-per-game ratio of two.72 throughout all competitions is even higher than Jupp Heynckes’ from Bayern’s triple-winning season in 2013, and higher than Pep Guardiola’s ratio the next season, when the Spanish coach led Bayern to its earliest ever Bundesliga title in March.

Flick didn’t preserve his “interim” standing for lengthy. Bayern tied the 55-year-old to a brand new deal by way of June 2023 in April.

“When I used to be a participant, it was all about success. You’d win 1-Zero any manner potential. Today, profitable alone isn’t sufficient. I feel that’s spot on,” Flick instructed the membership journal after signing.

There are additionally different causes Bayern has received an unprecedented eight consecutive title, largely tied to the membership’s monetary would possibly. Lucrative sponsorship offers — together with a cope with Qatar Airways that has been criticized by followers — helped Bayern submit document turnover of 750.Four million euros ($845 million) and document earnings of 146.1 euros ($164 million) for the 2018-19 season.

“Bayern’s growth is excellent, each in a sporting and monetary sense,” membership chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge mentioned when the most recent annual figures had been launched in September.

It means Bayern can afford to compete for the world’s finest gamers.

Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho arrived on mortgage from Barcelona final summer time with an choice to make the deal everlasting for 120 million euros ($135 million) on the finish of this season. But the playmaker has been unable to determine himself within the crew.

Bayern additionally paid a league document 80 million euros ($90 million) to Atlético Madrid for French left again Lucas Hernández, who has barely featured this season because of harm. Fellow World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard additionally arrived from Stuttgart for a reported 35 million ($40 million) final summer time and appears like a greater funding.

Bayern’s recurring success additionally entices different gamers to affix. Germany midfielder Goretzka joined on a free switch from Bundesliga rival Schalke in 2018, whereas up-and-coming goalkeeper Alexander Nübel can also be becoming a member of free of charge from Schalke from subsequent season.

Nübel has been touted as a substitute for Neuer, although his performances have dipped because the switch was introduced. Luckily for Bayern, the 34-year-old Neuer seems pretty much as good as ever. He additionally lately prolonged his contract.

Meanwhile, Bayern’s rivals proceed to disappoint. Dortmund got here closest to difficult this season, however was finally undone by its personal inconsistency. Bayern’s 1-Zero win in Dortmund on May 26 ended any suspense within the title race.

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