Goals, tears and a last-minute record: The end of the Hansi Flick era at FC Bayern Munich was not for the faint of heart. The outgoing coach lost emotional words to his players and the team behind the team after the 5: 2 against FC Augsburg – and paid tribute to Niko Kovac.
The master stage was swept empty, a large part of the team already showered on the way to the mini title party in the VIP area of the Allianz Arena. David Alaba, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez didn’t have enough. They wanted to enjoy every minute they had on the lawn on which they had spent so many years of their lives.
While Alaba was sunbathing beneath the opposite stand in the presence of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Boateng, who had been fighting back tears, romped around with his children as did Martinez. At the end of the day, Hansi Flick stepped onto the pitch again to embrace his players. “I will miss you very much,” said the coach afterwards at the press conference.
Although the sporting importance of the 34th matchday against FC Augsburg was limited because of the long-established championship title, it was emotional for FC Bayern in many ways. From the return of the fans to the arena after more than 14 months to the most historic of Robert Lewandowski’s many historic records – made clear with the last action of the game.
On this spring-like Saturday afternoon, however, all the poignant farewells were in the foreground. In addition to Alaba, Boateng and Martinez, it was also the last day at Bayern for Flick himself, the “Tiger” Hermann Gerland and Miroslav Klose. The uncommitted loan players Tiago Dantas and Couglas Costa, who has already left for his Brazilian homeland, were also honored.
FC Bayern: Flick is “very grateful” to Kovac
Flick was most emotional when he came up with the departure of Alaba and Boateng. “You played a very important role for me here,” said the coach. Alaba was “the heart of the team”, while Boateng had “improved enormously” over the past few months. “He is still one of the best central defenders in Germany and has been our most consistent central defender this season.”
That is why he “hoped to the end” that Joachim Löw would take the defeated world champion with him to the European championship. “That,” said Flick, visibly disappointed, “unfortunately didn’t happen.”
The door for Boateng to the national team should not be closed in the future. Finally, after the EM, Flick will follow Löw. The coach said the last time there were “good talks” with the DFB. However, he has not yet been able to report completion.
Even with each of the players who passed on Saturday, it is still not 100% clear how things will continue. But there are tendencies. Boateng is likely to be drawn abroad, Alaba has long been a part of Real Madrid and Martinez, like last year, is flirting with a return to his home club Athletic Bilbao.
All dreams of the future. And therefore not an issue on Saturday evening. The double triple winners preferred to enjoy their last evening together in the arena. Boateng insisted on giving autographs to the waiting fans in front of the arena after the small championship celebration.