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Name Hansi Flick
Gender Male
Ethnic German
Job German Football Coach
Desc Flick has generally favoured the 4-2-3-1 since his appointment, with a combination of Thomas Muller, Leon Goretzka and Philippe Coutinho generally occupying the ‘number 10’ role behind the striker. But with the reinvigorated Muller now 30 and Goretzka only showing mere flashes of his supreme talent, this is an area Bayern will undoubtedly target in the next window. The fluid, interchanging nature of Bayern’s attacking midfielders means Die Roten should be looking at a player who is not only spatially aware but is also comfortable at drifting into wide areas and capable of making the final pass from a variety of zones on the pitch

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Org xxxx National Team
Club as Coach Bayern Munich [interim]
Club as Player Bayern Munich
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2019 11 05 Retrieve

[Flick says I took Bayern job out of loyalty] It happened very quickly. It was clear that I would step in out of loyalty to the club, but it’s a huge challenge for me. I want to talk to all the players and tell them again what they are capable of and what they do, and I want the team to take initiative and show their quality. We have to focus on what’s ahead. I’m really happy that we’ve been able to bring [new assistant] Hermann Gerland on board. The team hold him in very high regard

[But Flick says he expects a stubborn display from Wednesday’s opponents] They have shown in Piraeus that they are very defensively strong and very compact, they have good wing play and a lot of good individuals

2019 11 11 Retrieve

[After seeing Lewandowski produce another talismanic performance in a 4-0 destruction of Dortmund] He is the best striker in the world and it is crazy the way he performs for us. He is an absolute role model

2019 11 27 Retrieve

[Bayern have won all four games under interim coach Hansi Flick, conceding zero goals in the process and scoring 16 – seven of which were by Lewandowski] Robert is currently in top form. He works incredibly professionally, always puts in extra work and has been rewarded for it again

2019 12 22 Retrieve

[Flick to remain in charge of Bayern Munich for rest of 2019-20 season] I really enjoy working with the team and the coaching team. We have achieved a good starting position for the second half of the season in the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League. Now we’re recharging our batteries, and we’ll prepare ourselves intensively for the second half of the season at the training camp. sThen we’ll try to achieve as many victories and titles as possible

2020 02 04 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich’s interim manager Hans Flick has confirmed that Ivan Perisic will be sidelined for ‘at least four weeks’ after sustaining an injury in training] He has a fracture at the outside of his ankle. It will take at least four weeks until it is healed and only then he will be able to start with building up training again

2020 02 10 Retrieve

[Borussia Monchengladbach will also move a point behind Bayern if they win their game in hand, making this the tightest Bundesliga race in recent history] The Bundesliga is very tight this season and I know everyone in Germany wants to see that

2020 02 29 Retrieve

[Hansi Flick says he is deeply ashamed of the banners unfurled by his side’s supporters in Saturday’s 6-0 win over Hoffenheim] Today things happened which have absolutely no place at all in football. The teams delivered a great statement. We can’t go on like that now. We have to stand up against such idiots

2020 03 04 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick gave reasons for selecting 18-year-old Zirkzee ahead of Lewandowski against Hoffenheim] Things worked really well in the Chelsea game, so I wanted to change things as little as possible in the team. By doing that, the understanding [between the players] and automations are still there. Joshua’s trained well, and he’s showed in training that he’s got good quality and is a good finisher. He can hold the ball up well and has the physicality to do so, which is important when things are tight up top. So that was our thinking, to make a like-for-like replacement [for Lewandowski]. It was good

2020 03 29 Retrieve

[Hansi Flick unwilling to discuss Bayern Munich contract during coronavirus crisis] There are more important things than my future right now. I do believe that the season will continue. I’m thinking positively. Although we will not start before May and we may have to play matches without an audience. Bayern is viewed differently. We would do well to act as a role model

2020 04 03 Retrieve

[Flick named permanent Bayern Munich manager with contract until 2023] I am looking forward to the upcoming tasks together with my coaching staff and the team. The conversations with Rummenigge, Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic were very good and characterized by great mutual trust. Together we have defined the direction for the coming years. I am sure that we can achieve a lot together

2020 04 07 Retrieve

[Hansi Flick is hoping to see Manuel Neuer and Jerome Boateng follow his lead by committing to extended stays at Bayern Munich] We are all happy with [Jerome Boateng] his development. We can support him as a coaching team, but it always depends on what he offers. In this regard, his development has been very positive. We will do everything possible to do the contract if he decides to stay here. He has had our support so far and will continue to do so in the future

[He added on the others who are approaching the final 12 months of their current deals] These are also decisions that every player has to decide for themselves. In the past weeks and months, I have already explained how important Manuel Neuer, David Alaba or Thiago are to us. They have undergone enormous developments over the past six months and were real top performers. The club also noticed that and I hope that it goes in the right direction

[Flick said of an important figure in his plans] I have known Manuel for so long. We get along well, we appreciate each other very much. It is his decision, he also knows what he has at Bayern. Not just me, the whole club would be happy if he would extend

[Muller is also locked down for the next three years, with Flick delighted to see an agreement reached there] I’m glad that Thomas has extended. Of course I’m also happy about my extension, so that we can work the next few years with the entire coaching team.

[Flick is calling the shots at the Allianz Arena and will get the final say on any transfer business completed by Bayern both in and out over the coming months. On that privilege] A right of veto is quite normal, that was also the case with the coaches who were here before me. Of course, we are currently also discussing team planning together. But that’s internal - as it should be. We have to wait and see what happens next.

2020 04 23 Retrieve

[Head coach Flick considers Neuer a key part of the Bayern side] Manuel Neuer is clearly our number one, nothing will change in the coming season. Alexander Nubel knows that

Alexander Nubel will have the same trust and the same appreciation as all other goalkeepers and players in our team. We want to develop him further, but it is also clear that performance is what counts at Bayern. And Sven Ulreich is doing really well at the moment

2020 04 29 Retrieve

[Flick well aware of lofty expectations at Allianz Arena] At FC Bayern, the double is basically mandatory and everyone longs for the treble. You always have to aspire to constantly improve and get the most out of your dispositions or skills. I don’t exempt myself from that. Of course, in the end it’s about titles, [but] today, winning alone is not enough. But I can fully identify with the fact that Bayern have the ambition to inspire their fans beyond 1-0.

When I see Serge Gnabry scoring two goals against Chelsea, my heart is pounding. The whole way the team works on the pitch embodies it – that’s exactly what I did as a player, I always enjoyed putting myself at the service of the team, and that’s also very style-defining in my work as a coach

Flick accepts he cannot inspire success on his own, however, explaining how he tries to work with coaches who can help him in specific areas. I always try to get people on my team who are better than me in certain things. That can cause friction, but they also lead to further development.

Why shouldn’t I involve my employees, my closest confidants, in the processes? I want to get an idea – opinions are required, and in a team, everyone is equally important. That’s how I tick, that’s how we do here. You only have success together

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Miroslav Klose announced as Bayern Munich assistant coach] With his experience as a former professional at the highest international level, Miro is the perfect addition to our team of trainers. We have known and valued each other for a long time and have had great success together with the national team. The fact that Rohl will remain with us in the long term is also great news for my team and me

2020 05 11 Retrieve

[Hans Flick has expressed his hope that Philippe Coutinho will be fit to play again for Bayern Munich] Maybe he [Coutinho] can still be there in the final games of the season

2020 05 15 Retrieve

[Flick wants Bayern Munich to impress watching world on Bundesliga return] Not much will change except for the face masks in the dugout. We discussed with the players what they can and will expect. More than 200 countries will watch the players, so we have a huge audience to whom you can show yourself. We want to deliver a top performance.

It’s a good question because we don’t know if the team can do anything over 90 minutes. We trained well and had an internal friendly with three periods of 20 minutes on Sunday. We had a very high intensity there. But clearly we all don’t know where we are. We have to deal with the situation and let there be no doubt. If a player had had concerns, they could have decided not to play - without consequences. But we are all there except for the injured

In the last few weeks before the break, Philippe has already shown what qualities he has. You noticed in training that he arrived differently in the team. He is very sensitive and an excellent football player. I really enjoy working with him. We hope that he can be involved again soon

2020 05 18 Retrieve

[Flick tips Lewandowski to challenge Gerd Muller’s Bundesliga scoring record] Lewy makes a good impression, I think he is in top form. Today we failed to incorporate him into our game as much and we have to do that better in general in our offensive game. He scored again, is at 26 goals, and has eight games left to break Gerd Muller’s record. That is not going to be easy but he has the quality. If someone can do it, it’s him

We had several opportunities to score, especially in the second half, but we didn’t take advantage of them. Like for example on counter-attacks when we had some space. That’s what we have to do better. Of course, we knew that at first not everything would go as planned. But the important thing was that we continued to resist and kept being concentrated and in the end won the game

2020 05 22 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich manager Flick reveals Thiago injury concern four days before Borussia Dortmund clash] With Serge [Gnabry], it looks good. With Thiago, we have to wait. We hope that we have both with us. We will catch up. Otherwise the situation is like last week.

[Germany international Sule is still keen to be involved before the campaign finishes, though Flick is cautious] We don’t want to rush anything. Niklas has expressed the wish to play this season. We have to see how stability in the knee allows

David and Jerome have shown excellent performances in central defence. We have the best defence in the league. Of course, Lucas is plagued by injuries. Now it is important that he shows excellent performance in training. I am very satisfied with his mentality, he gives always 100 per cent, but it is also clear that if a chain of four works well, you as a coach rely on this security. But it is clear that we need every player in our squad

2020 05 23 Retrieve

[Bayern boss Flick concerned by defending in win over Frankfurt] After 3-0 we switched off. Frankfurt set very good standards, we knew that. We didn’t look good there. We have to talk about it. We want to keep a clean sheet against Dortmund. It will be difficult because Dortmund have a very good team. We all hope for a good game of football

2020 05 23b Retrieve

[Flick says Hernandez will get his chance and that he must be patient while waiting for that opportunity to come] David and Jerome have shown excellent performances in central defence. We have the best defence in the league. Of course, Lucas is plagued by injuries. Now it is important that he shows excellent performance in training. I am very satisfied with his mentality, he always gives 100 per cent. But it is also clear that if a chain of four works well, you as a coach rely on this security. But it is clear that we need every player in our squad

2020 05 24 Retrieve

[Flick singles out two Bayern players for praise after Frankfurt win] I was very satisfied with the first half. We were very concentrated. We made a lot of chances to score. Unfortunately, we did not score enough goals. You just have to say that. There could have been even more goals. We also didn’t allow our opponents any chances. You can also highlight two players. One is Thomas Muller, who plays very intelligently and occupies the space well. But then, of course, there’s the head of defence, David Alaba, especially in the first half he played outstandingly. I’d just like to say that here. In the second half we let the opponent come back. There we were careless in the five, 10 minutes…we must defend better and more consistently. We knew that this is a great strength of Frankfurt. We allowed them to score two goals, unfortunately. But the reaction afterwards was good and I liked it. Then we tried to score again. And then we could decide the game with the fourth and fifth goals.

2020 05 25 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich manager Flick rules Thiago Alcantara out of Borussia Dortmund clash] Thiago didn’t train today. Unfortunately he is ruled out for this game. The final secret regarding the Bayern line-up, I’d like to keep to myself. Boateng is able to play. Of course I would have liked to have had Thiago with us as well, but he will be the only one not available.

I told him that I can see David Alaba being a good centre-back. His progress in that position has been exceptional. He leads the team and gives them directions. You can hear that now more than ever in the silence of the stadiums

2020 05 26 Retrieve

[Hansi Flick says Too early to compare Haaland to Lewandowski] It is [Haaland’s] first season, so comparing him now is too early. Robert has always been at a world-class level in recent years. But Haaland is a huge talent. He is a young player, but he has a huge pull towards the goal. He just wants to finish. He has a brilliant dynamic. He is greedy, is an enormous size but is still agile. But we don’t just have to watch out for him [on Tuesday]

It is a very special game. The atmosphere can inspire any team. It is about how you can cope with it. You have to accept the current situation. You can’t look for an excuse. We have to implement the match plan

[Thomas Muller has been in scintillating form since Flick took charge of Bayern] Thomas is a player who can lead a team very well and gives commands over and over again. He played very well against Frankfurt and was always available – he brought dynamism into play. Thomas has enormous experience but wants to win every game. He embodies ‘Mia san Mia’ perfectly and knows that he has to go to the limit again and again to win games

2020 05 26b Retrieve

[Dortmund desperate to keep Bundesliga title race alive as Bayern arrive for Der Klassiker] It is his first season, so comparing him now is too early. Robert has always been at a world-class level in recent years. But Haaland is a huge talent. He is a young player, but he has a huge pull towards the goal. He just wants to finish. He has a brilliant dynamic. He is greedy, is an enormous size but is still agile. But we don’t just have to watch out for him

2020 05 27 Retrieve

[Favre’s opposite ​number Hansi Flick recognised that his team’s victory at Signal Iduna Park was a ‘big step’ towards winning the title] It was an important win, we took a big step forward. Will I win my first coaching title? I’m not a coach who reads too much into the future. It just feels good to be seven points ahead now

2020 05 27b Retrieve

[Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick hailed great talent Jadon Sancho] I don’t like to talk about players who are under contract to other clubs. I can say that Jadon Sancho has a high quality but in the end he also does Borussia Dortmund very, very well. He is a great talent and has enormous qualities. That’s why you simply have to acknowledge that Dortmund has a very good player there

It is simply the position he currently plays as a six. He can use his qualities well. He can speak well on the pitch, but the way he fills it in, the effort he puts forward, he just does it great. You will see what the future holds. He is a player you are always satisfied with as a coach because he always gives 100 per cent. It’s just nice.

2020 05 27c Retrieve

[Flick says Bayern still have work to do to win Bundesliga] It was an important win, we took a big step forward. Will I win my first coaching title? I’m not a coach who reads too much into the future. It just feels good to be seven points ahead now. Before the winter break we were four points behind and we managed to play successful football this year as well as beautiful football. We all know that the basic requirement for success is that we approach every game the same way we approached the first three after the restart [following the suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic]. If it’s safe, then we can talk about the championship, but I’m not doing that yet.

2020 05 29 Retrieve

[Hansi Flick has told his Bayern Munich stars they must not relax after the victory at Borussia Dortmund that moved them to the brink of title glory] I’m thinking about how to keep the tension high. Dusseldorf are not easy to play against. We have to fully bring everything that we’ve shown in the recent games. I’m in good spirits. Of course, we also want to win against Dusseldorf, even if it will be difficult. We want to back up the big point from during the week

The schedule was relatively tight through the English week. Dortmund game was on the level of a Champions League game, two top teams against each other. A lot was invested there. Now it is important to build on this, especially in the home game. Next week is a normal week and then there is another English week. So the workload is similar to that of the Champions League

[Regarding the actual Champions League, in which Bayern hold a 3-0 first-leg advantage over Chelsea in their last-16 tie , Flick is not yet looking in that direction] The Bundesliga is my focus and then the cup semi-final against Frankfurt. What comes after June is still a long way off

2020 05 30 Retrieve

[Hansi Flick has confirmed that Lucas Hernandez sustained an adductor problem during Bayern Munich’s 5-0 demolition of Fortuna Dusseldorf] He had an adductor problem. Considering the score, the risk was too high, we didn’t want to take it

[Lewandowski scored his second four minutes into the second half and Alphonso Davies rounded off the scoring in a comprehensive triumph soon after] We want to have a successful season but there is still a lot left to play. It was important to me that we didn’t let up after the Dortmund game. I am very, very satisfied, we were very aggressive. We push each other in the team because the emotions don’t come from the stands, you hear that a little more on the pitch

2020 05 31 Retrieve

[Flick reveals Lewandowski chat before Bayern star breaks ‘surprise’ duck] I told Robert Lewandowski that I was surprised to hear at the press conference that he had not yet scored a goal against Fortuna Dusseldorf and that he should change that as soon as possible. And of course he did

There are other goals that are more important to me. That we have a very successful season. If this is the case, that we can score one or two goals more, that’s even better. But currently the focus is on the Bundesliga. To finish the league on the same pitch as we are now

2020 06 02 Retrieve

[Lewandowski has been in red hot form for Bayern this term] I told Lewandowski I was surprised to hear that he had not yet scored a goal against Fortuna Dusseldorf and that he should change that as soon as possible. And of course he did

2020 06 05 Retrieve

[Havertz has impressed Bayern head coach Hansi Flick, who admitted that he would love to manage the 20-year-old] I think very few coaches wouldn’t want to have Kai Havertz in their team. I’ve known him since the Under-17s [Germany national team]. He has developed enormously well at Leverkusen. He moves very well between the lines and has a strong instinct to score goals at a young age

2020 06 05b Retrieve

[Hansi Flick has dropped a big hint that Bayern Munich are interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz as he revealed he is one of the coaches that would like to have the 20-year-old in his team] I think very few coaches wouldn’t want to have Kai Havertz in their team. I’ve known him since the U-17s [Germany national team]. He has developed enormously well at Leverkusen. He moves very well between the lines and has a strong instinct to score goals at a young age

[Bayern head coach Flick also commented on Timo Werner’s future] This is Timo’s decision and you have to respect it. If what’s being reported is true, then Chelsea have made a very good signing

2020 06 07 Retrieve

[Bayern boss Flick unhappy Lewandowski and Muller will miss Gladbach clash] It’s annoying but we cannot change it and have to accept the situation. You are emotional on the pitch, but I spoke to the referee Manuel Grafe. He said that Lewandowski was hitting the opponent and that’s why he saw the yellow card. I didn’t see it so I cannot really comment. Thomas was blocking the ball when they had free-kick, so the yellow card was okay. It is what it is. We accept it. We will have two other players. This is also good sometimes, but it’s important that both can play 90 minutes against Eintracht Frankfurt [in the DFB-Pokal] on Wednesday. Then we try to prepare ourselves well for the game against Gladbach

We are knocking on wood [hoping Goretzka remains fit] and hope he continues like that. Of course, how we fought back was also due to the intensive pressing – we were more aggressive and had good ball possessions. Leon was directly involved in those moments and had a big influence on the first two goals. He showed exactly what you need as a team when you still have to find your way to the game. He did that great. Regarding his physical condition, he has a very strong role on the pitch and this helps us a lot

2020 06 09 Retrieve

[Just as at Barcelona, Coutinho found himself without a clear role. Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman locked down the wide roles while Thomas Muller, reborn under Hansi Flick, became Robert Lewandowski’s chief support act. Behind that, Joshua Kimmich, Thiago Alcantara and Leon Goretzka provided greater control and balance in midfield] Sometimes he puts a bit too much pressure on himself. He tries to put his stamp on the game when he plays, but not all decisions he makes are the right ones at the moment

2020 06 09b Retrieve

[Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick has heaped praise upon in-form full-back Alphonso Davies ahead of Wednesday’s DFB-Pokal semi-final] Alphonso is doing outstandingly at the moment. In addition to his speed on the pitch, he’s very adept defensively. Now, he’s setting up goals in attack and has scored some himself. He’s on a very good path. He’s young - he can and wants to learn. Despite his young age, he’s currently one of the top performers

We approach the game like all the others. We are analysing Frankfurt for the third time in a season. We have to be very focused over 90 minutes, or longer in the cup. The team know about Frankfurt’s strengths but also know about their own

[on Leon Goretzka] He has a healthy aggression and so wins the ball a lot, and then he can start dangerous attacks. But I don’t want to single out one man. The whole team is excellent off the ball and also with the ball. Everyone feels a responsibility without the ball, and everyone wants to support each other with it. Not having an atmosphere [in behind-closed-doors games] may also help, since we speak a lot with each other. You can tell on the bench how everyone is, too – they also want to support. I like that. It shows the team spirit.

2020 06 11 Retrieve

[Bayern will face Bayer Leverkusen in the competition decider in Berlin on July 4 after Peter Bosz’s side beat Saarbrucken 3-0 in their semi-final. Hansi Flick felt his side deserved their DFB-Pokal win] It was a cup match, our opponents pressed very well, we were reeling at times. But at the end of the day it was a deserved victory. We should have taken our chances and scored one or two more goals, the second half would have been different then. But I still have to pay my team a huge compliment. We’re on a great run, the players are doing a very, very good job, so we can accept the second half. The main thing was to advance after such a cup fight. It’s the step we wanted to take – toward the final in Berlin.

Frankfurt showed a lot of fatigue in the first half. We were fresher, we should have taken a bigger lead. But we too were tired and fatigued after the last few weeks, unfortunately it was similar in the second half. We were unusually sloppy. Our pressing wasn’t deserving of our name. Our defenders did a good job. They stifled a lot, but in terms of our play, the final ball, we can be anything but satisfied. We stepped on the gas after the equaliser

2020 06 12 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago facing battle to be fit for DFB-Pokal final after groin surgery] Thiago has had a groin operation. He will be out for three weeks. We decided between us to get it done now. It’s possible he will be back for the cup final

2020 06 13 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich manager Flick wants fans in stadium for DFB-Pokal final] I have always said that viewers are very, very lacking. If it is that you decide that viewers are there - so much the better. These are things that I cannot decide, that we cannot decide. It will be decided somewhere else. It will certainly be good for fans to be in the stadium. It is up to the others to judge how this is done

[Flick went on to deliver an update on the fitness of Niklas Sule and Philippe Coutinho] They need two more tests beforehand. Today we did the first and will do the second on Monday. If everything fits, then maybe they can be brought back slowly after the Bremen game

2020 06 16 Retrieve

[Hansi Flick’s side have looked almost unstoppable in 2020 and now they can focus on conquering the continent] We want to finish the job on Tuesday. That is our goal. We have an excellent run and want to continue our winning streak. The target is to win again in Bremen. We want to just seal the deal

2020 06 16b Retrieve

[Bayern coach Flick says Hernandez is dynamic despite his ‘tactical deficits’] Lucas is an absolute professional, I like his dynamic training. He was absent for a long time and therefore has tactical deficits. I’m happy with him, every player needs a rhythm. I see its potential. There will be two changes that everyone can think of

2020 06 17 Retrieve

[Bayern boss Flick promises no let-up in treble bid after Bundesliga triumph] We have now taken the first step and achieved our first big goal by winning the champion. But we still have the DFB-Pokal as our next goal. Of course, there is also the Champions League. It is clear it cannot be planned. It will be difficult enough to come through the game against Chelsea first. Then we’ll see what’s going to happen. It will be difficult and we have to be fit

[Bayern were below their brilliant best against Werder but held on for the victory following Alphonso Davies’ contentious red card with 11 minutes to go] With the red card, Bremen were a bit braver. We had to defend and did it sensationally. That is why there is no criticism today. I am very, very happy and can only say it again and again: you never succeed alone. We are just one unit and I really enjoy being here

The football we have played in the last few months has been sensational. You can feel the passion, enthusiasm and fighting spirit, even today after the red card

2020 06 19 Retrieve

[Hansi Flick wants Thiago Alcantara, David Alaba and Jerome Boateng sign new contracts] Thiago is an exceptional player, an excellent football player. He brings every team a great level of play and is very intelligent. I would like him to stay here. He and the club know that. I want him and Alaba to help us next year. We are in good spirits that it can work out, but in sport you never know how it will turn out. Both players are top, top players. David and Jerome are doing very well, he [Boateng] is in a very good shape. That is the basis that we are defensively so good. It is clear that you want to have such experienced players in your own ranks. I cannot say what thoughts Jerome has. He’s at a certain age, maybe he wants another challenge by switching. He has another year of contract. If he stays, I’m not sad

[Flick also wants Bayern’s loan players, such as Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho, to remain at least until the end of the latter stages of the Champions League, which will take place in August] We are in an exchange, but it is still too early to talk about departures. We have three games left, then there is a short break, then there is the Champions League. We want to play the Champions League as we started the season and have finished. I want the loan players to stay there, but the clubs have to negotiate

2020 06 20 Retrieve

[Sane to Bayern talk can wait for Flick after Guardiola confirms winger will leave Man City] I don’t want to say anything on that topic. I am here to talk about our performance today. I don’t want to talk about the future or players that could come or leave us. We still have things we want to achieve this season. We’ve won the league, now the next step will be the DFB-Pokal. After that, there will be one big goal left [the Champions League], which we will have to work really hard for and try to get as far as we can

2020 06 26 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick has heaped praise on Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp following his side’s Premier League title success] We already know each other and of course we congratulate each other. He’s doing an outstanding work in Liverpool. It’s great to see how they play football. We are both very, very happy that we managed to win the league title

[Asked if Klopp should return to Germany in the near future] Only he can answer that. In the ranking of German coaches, he definitely belongs at the top. He has already done a great job in Dortmund and has now done a sensational job in Liverpool

2020 06 26b Retrieve

[Bayern Munich boss Flick plays down Thiago exit talk amid Liverpool rumours] There is no [contract] news. We always talk, almost every day, but there is no news. I see him every day at practice and at the games. There are always so-called experts who have their own opinions. When you see him on the pitch and in training, you see his extraordinary quality in possession of the ball. But he has now also shown that he can play against the ball. For me there are no two opinions about Thiago’s quality. He gives the team a little something extra. He is an exceptional player who gives a team that certain something. That’s my opinion and there is no other one.

[A third campaign at Signal Iduna Park looks unlikely given BVB signed Thomas Meunier on Thursday, yet, amid suggestions Hakimi could be bound for Inter, Flick would not be drawn on Bayern’s possible interest] He is currently under contract at Dortmund and I think he still belongs to Real Madrid. Therefore, I don’t have to worry about that. It’s very difficult at the moment anyway concerning transfers. That’s why I would like to stay out of it. Hasan [Salihamidzic, Bayern sporting director] and I are in a very good exchange. I have every confidence that we will have a very good team for the new season

2020 06 28 Retrieve

[Flick ignoring talk about Bayern star Thiago’s departure amid Liverpool rumours] I don’t think about it at all, that Thiago could leave us. I have always said that Thiago is an amazing player who can give a lot to a team. Therefore, I do not think about that at all. And I think after such a game and such a season, you have to accept as a journalist that not every question can be answered

[Flick revealed their had been no progress in contract talks with the Italian-born midfielder, but was full or praise about what his player could add to the team] There is no [contract] news. We always talk, almost every day, but there is no news. I see him every day at practice and at the games. There are always so-called experts who have their own opinions. When you see him on the pitch and in training, you see his extraordinary quality in possession of the ball. But he has now also shown that he can play against the ball. For me there are no two opinions about Thiago’s quality. He gives the team a little something extra. He is an exceptional player who gives a team that certain something. That’s my opinion and there is no other one