Bayern Munich starter Hansi Dieter Flick announced on Saturday his intention to end his contract at the end of this season. “I want to terminate my contract this summer, that is a fact. It was important to me that the team knew it personally. I already communicated it to those responsible after the elimination of the Champions League during the week, “said the coach after the match played against Wolfsburg in which his team won the 2-3 victory. With this victory, added to the tie this Friday of Leipzig, they settle in the lead seven points behind the second, heading to the Bundesliga title, the ninth consecutive of the Bavarian club.
Bayern captain Manuel Neuer said it had been a very emotional moment to hear from Flick his desire to leave. “It was important that he spoke to us first, right after a game like today. That is a sign that our relationship is intact, “said the goalkeeper. The coach did not want to explain the reasons for his decision either to the press or to the players, as Thomas Müller later confirmed to the microphones of Sky. “He has not explained his reasons to us, but he does not have to explain them,” said the midfielder, who suggested that there may have been some wear in the two years he has been at the helm of the club. “He has invested a lot of energy in two very intense years. As a Bayern coach you need a very tough skin ”.
Flick came to the bench in November 2019 after the dismissal of Niko Kovac, with the team out of the Champions League spots. Its impact was immediate and the team reached its best tactical and physical level, despite the stoppage due to the pandemic. Polish striker Robert Lewandowski reached his best level under his command and after scoring 55 points last year, he has already scored 40 this season. In the final phase of the Champions League played in Lisbon, that physical superiority became more than visible in the historic 2-8 against Barcelona. In the 81 games he has led Bayern, his record is 67 wins, 7 draws and 7 losses.
After winning the six possible titles last season in an impeccable 2020, Bayern aspired to repeat the feat but things have gone wrong in 2021. In January they were eliminated in the German Cup in the round of 16 at the hands of Kiel, of the second division. But the most painful blow came this last week, when they fell from the Champions League at the hands of PSG, whom they had beaten in the final a few months ago. The Bavarians crashed into Keylor in the first leg in Munich and were unable to turn the tie around in Paris.
Flick himself acknowledged that the selection of his country is “an option.” “My future is not clear. Of course the national team is an option that every coach considers. I have to digest everything, the last weeks have not been easy ”. This summer’s Eurocup will be the last tournament for current coach Joachim Löw, who announced his retirement from the Mannschaft. Before jumping onto the Bayern bench, Flick was Löw’s second assistant and was part of the expedition that won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.