Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick knows just what he is going to emphasise to his players when he gets them back in the dressing room ahead of the resumption of football: teamwork works! And with league action set to return on May 15 (with the German government expected to confirm the news tomorrow), his wise words could well be reaching the ears of his charges sooner rather than later.
When the fixtures were paused, Flick’s league leaders Bayern Munich were four points ahead of Borussia Dortmund in second place and punters with an eye on the odds reckon Bayern Munich is still the big favourite — if you want a bet check out the link and see what you reckon.
Flick was speaking after he signed his new Bayern Munich contract, having already agreed to pen the deal back at the start of April. Obviously, the Covid-19 crisis delayed him making it official but he has eventually got around to inking the contract that will keep him with the German Bundesliga powerhouse until at least 2023.
And speaking to the club’s official website, Flick — who stepped up from being an assistant when Croatian Nico Kovac was axed after a dodgy run of form, said:
“The real key thing for me was that, at the end of the day, it’s all about the concept of a team. Without loyalty, appreciation and respect for each other, it’s difficult to develop successfully and meaningfully. It’s important to me to put trust in people, to have a high level of communication and to convey appreciation to everyone. And: You have to enjoy what you do. You can only be successful together. I say it again and again — I am very, very satisfied, for example, with the way our coaching team is set up at the club. The way we can exchange ideas, the level of trust we have is ideal for me personally.”
And on that theme, the former Bayern Munich midfielder, who made 104 appearances in his playing spell at the club between 1985 and 1990, acknowledges that he is ready to listen to all of the opinions from his staff as they prepare for a resumption of action.
“That definitely plays a part. I enjoyed working in the background for a long time but was always allowed to put forward my opinion. I don’t think it’s any use having a meeting where everyone sits there with their arms folded saying nothing”.
“Exchange creates knowledge. In the past, if we were told every now and then: ‘that’s not possible, we can’t do it like that’, I’d say: ‘okay, then we need another approach’. In my eyes, it should be about seeing what we can do. Let’s be open and inquisitive!”