World Champion! FC Bayern is almost bursting with pride after its historic “six-pack”. But the gaze quickly turns back to the gray everyday life.
When the tired Munich heroes around “Sixpacker” Benjamin Pavard stepped out of the world champion plane at an icy minus 13 degrees, they surprised Pep Guardiola with the next big challenge. “Maybe I can call Messi and Company and we will play for the seventh title,” said the only winner so far in a video message with a smile to his successor Hansi Flick: “Tell me when and where – and we will be there!”
But success coach Flick did not want to know anything about football after the grueling Qatar trip with the arrival chaos and the corona vortex around late returnees Thomas Müller – and gave two days off. “That was at the limit for all of us,” he said after winning the final at the Club World Cup over Tigres UANL from Mexico (1-0). Flick was all the more proud of the team: “I’m thrilled. There was a lot of unrest, but they played outstandingly and achieved something historic.”
All six possible titles were previously only achieved by Guardiola’s FC Barcelona around world star Lionel Messi in 2009. In his greeting, the Catalan spoke of an “unbelievable success” and concluded with the Bayern motto “Mia san mia!”. National coach Joachim Löw, DFB President Fritz Keller and Director Oliver Bierhoff joined the large crowd of well-wishers, Löw was “extremely happy” for his former assistant Flick.
The 55-year-old has now won more titles with Bayern than he suffered competitive defeats (6: 5), on average he wins a cup every eleven games. But Flick did not float long in the sixth heaven. “There will be defeats, I think you can’t keep that up,” he said soberly. There is no time to enjoy anyway, on Monday (8.30 p.m. / DAZN), promoted Arminia Bielefeld will be waiting in the gray everyday life of the league.
FC Bayern: “The six-pack is something special”
His World Cup heroes didn’t want to hear anything about it at first. Match winner Pavard blissfully kissed the golden globe on the World Cup trophy. “It’s just love,” he wrote on a photo of the scene. Robert Lewandowski, selected by FIFA as the best player of the tournament, proudly pressed the gold world champion badge on his shirt. “The six-pack is something special, a big story not just for Bayern Munich, but for all of football,” he said: “The way we played will stay for a long, long time.”
The world champions’ minds were also with Müller, who sat sad and isolated from the rest of the team in a hotel. “We got the thing for him and everyone else who couldn’t be there,” said Joshua Kimmich. At the short cabin party, Kimmich and Co. held the jerseys of those who were absent in the camera.
As expected, Müller was also absent when he returned. The 31-year-old had to stay a little longer in Doha to organize his trip home by ambulance with sports director Hasan Salihamidzic. At home he has to be quarantined and like Serge Gnabry (torn hamstring) fails for the time being. Müller was “a little tired”, reported Flick, after the corona diagnosis he was “going through a lot”. Otherwise he is fine.
On the other hand, Jerome Boateng was surprisingly in the team pilot. His early departure for private reasons was not possible due to the lack of a direct flight.