Hans Flick and Robert Lewandowski
Philipp Lahm, who captained Bayern Munich to their closing European title in 2013, attach present head coach Hansi Flick on a par with the membership’s legendary Champions League-winning bosses Jupp Heynckes and Ottmar Hitzfeld sooner than Sunday’s final against Paris Saint-Germain.
Lahm captained Bayern after they beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 within the 2013 Champions League final in London, then led Germany to the 2014 World Cup title in Brazil forward of retiring in 2017.
The 36-twelve months-susceptible is beefy of reward for Flick, who can land the treble on his first season accountable if Bayern, who are on a 20-match winning run, beat Neymar-inspired PSG in Sunday’s Champions League final in Lisbon.
“Whenever you see lend a hand at FC Bayern’s past, at Ottmar Hitzfeld or Jupp Heynckes, it change into undoubtedly one of their strengths that they did not hog the limelight, but worked for the team,” Lahm suggested broadcaster ZDF.
“That is precisely how Hansi Flick is.”
Heynckes, 75, coached Bayern to the 2013 European title at Wembley, whereas Hitzfeld, 71, change into accountable after they obtained the 2001 Champions League final by beating Valencia in Milan.
In 10 months, Flick, 55, has long gone from meantime coach to leading Bayern to the Bundesliga, German Cup titles and is now 90 minutes from lifting the Champions League trophy.
Bayern accept as true with steamrolled their methodology into Sunday’s final, scoring 42 targets in 10 suits, together with their jaw-losing 8-2 demolition of Barcelona within the quarter-finals.
Here is Flick’s first job accountable of a Bundesliga membership, having been assistant coach when Germany obtained the 2014 World Cup forward of occurring to change into sports actions director of the German FA till 2017.
Lahm praised Flick for reuniting Bayern’s megastar-studded squad after predecessor Niko Kovac, whom he changed in November, lost the dressing room.
“He (Flick) has seen who he can genuinely have faith, who’s necessary for the team,” mentioned Lahm.
One instance is Thomas Mueller who has thrived after Flick reinstalled him to Bayern’s starting line-up and produced undoubtedly one of the precious finest seasons of his stellar occupation.
“The team has stumbled on itself over again,” mentioned Lahm, “that is why they are right forward as favourites” to protect Sunday’s final.
Lahm says the self-confidence the Bayern squad exudes contrasts to the 2013 aspect who accept as true with been below stress after losing the 2010 and 2012 finals.
“We accept as true with been below gargantuan stress due to we had lost two finals, so the stress is just not as excessive because it change into,” Lahm added.