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Jun 3, 2020, 6:28:00 AM

Hansi Flick: Giving Inspiration to Bayern

Hansi Flick’s guidance allowed the defending champions Bayern Munich to get back in their game. His incredible run earned him the full-time job as he was now named as the club’s permanent head coach last April. Flick’s smart tactics are unparalleled this season.

After sticking their heads out with Niko Kovac, Bayern Munich found itself at the hands of Flick, whose trust in the team’s promising youngsters proved to be a great move than what the critics said.

In his first match for the team, he rallied his own youngsters composed of Joshua Zirkzee, Sarpreet Singh, Oliver Batista Meier and Leon Dajaku against Borussia Dortmund’s own set of young players. Bayern proved to be better as they came off with a 4-0 win that seemed to be a sign of better things to come for the team this season.

‘We're convinced that these boys will develop in the best way if they train with the best players’, he said at the time. ‘In our first team, they have the conditions to do that’.

Flick has earned the respect of everyone in the organisation. His ability to deliver towards matches has been promising enough especially in Ruckrunde, where Bayern finally took over the wheel for the remainder of the season until the lockdown.

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‘Hansi supports our system, we always have to train talent with quality to reinforce and develop our team’, said sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic in a team interview. ‘We’ve now succeeded with (Alphonso) Davies, and Zirkzee is also positioning himself well with the pros’.

Flick is considered a field genius. Perhaps his strong read on offensive patterns has allowed Bayern to make effective counters especially against teams in the top five race.

Flick has earned a reputation for being superior when it comes to communicating with his players. The senior members of the squad, mainly Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer claimed that Flick is a master of man-management.

Even so, a talent like that is very rare. That’s why Bayern definitely made the right decision to put him as the team’s permanent head coach.

‘Even when he was assistant coach he got on very well with us and that’s obviously bearing fruit now’, said Philippe Coutinho. ‘He’s got the talent to make every player understand that they’re an important part of the team. That might not seem important at first glance, but it’s actually the foundation for everything that’s happening on the pitch right now. The atmosphere has to be good in the team – and it is’.

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There is no question that Flick could have given the team a title this year if it wasn’t for the global pandemic. He is considered as the team’s most successful coach in terms of points-per-game in the last 20 years.

Flick’s current squad averaged 2.62 points per game across 21 matches in all competitions. There is no denying that Flick could have already flipped the switch for the club this season.

‘We immediately had a good connection’, said Singh. ‘Hansi Flick is fantastic for me, he’s a great guy and a brilliant coach. The fact he’s now in charge of the first team could be a chance for us youngsters’.

With Flick at the helm, there is surely a bright future waiting for the team. If this season already looked promising, then imagine what Flick could have done if he was at the helm even before the season began.

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Words: Paul Daniel Flores

Image: PA