The 2019-20 Bundesliga campaign culminated at the Allianz Arena toasting their eighth consecutive domestic title triumph and another success in the DFB-Pokal.
Hansi Flick has been compared with Pep Guardiola
Hansi Flick’s influence at Bayern Munich has been compared to that previously done by Pep Guardiola, with Thomas Müller being a big fan of the “quite brilliant” manager. The 2019-20 Bundesliga campaign culminated at the Allianz Arena toasting their eighth consecutive domestic title triumph and another success in the DFB-Pokal. They, too, are still on the hunt for Champions League glory, with the elite European competition about to resume. The Flick’s side are considered serious contenders for this prize, with a remarkable fortune reversal that has been enjoyed since the dugout change in November 2019. Niko Kovac was relieved of his managerial duties at that stage, with Flick being promoted to a senior position with an assistant role. He impressed enough to earn a permanent contract until 2023 and amassed 29 wins from 32 games at the helm.
The coach gives to his team guidelines, not options, but specifics
Of those, 21 have come from 24 Bundesliga outings, and only Guardiola was able to improve this record, taking 22 of the same number of games at the beginning of his reign. “The coach’s imprint is unmistakable,” Muller told reporters of the work that Flick oversaw. “We all want one and do the same and pull in the same direction. The last time we got drilled so well was under Pep Guardiola. Each player was allowed to add a touch to their position based on their preferences, strengths, and weaknesses, but the role was always clear. There were no ifs, buts, or maybes here. “Hansi gives us clear guidelines – not options, but specifics. That’s why we were able to come back so well after he took charge.”
Guardiola spent three years at Bayern Munich between 2013 and 2016. Still, the current Manchester City boss failed to deliver continental glory during his spell in Germany, and Flick is now looking for success where so many had failed before him. World Cup winner Müller added: “Hansi was always the best guy, he was always straight and to the point. I knew him from the role of an assistant with Germany and as a player but did not expect from him to bring the whole package to Bayern as the main coach. He makes sure that we all bully on defense, including the attackers, and deliberately made the team’s spine – using more vocal players – strong. That’s does not mean that there are some hands; we all have to play to the maximum. That is the most important thing. What Hansi has done for this team is quite brilliant.”