Munich (DPA) – dream start for the defending champion! The spectacular performance in the top division of the last hero in the 4-0 against the “bully” of Atlético Madrid and a FC Bayern like in triple days inspired Hansi Flick after many Corona worries.
“We have set the bar today,” said the satisfied coach of the German record champion. “There were four great goals, one even better than the other. We enjoy the Champions League opener.”
The victory with a signal effect refreshes the fond memories of Henkelpott’s victory two months ago after a somewhat bumpy competition day. As in Lisbon in the 1-0 final against Paris Saint-Germain, Joshua Kimmich, who returned to the squad just in time after the birth of the second child, prepared the goal through Kingsley Coman. Another goal from Leon Goretzka, preparatory work from Coman, a brilliant long shot from Corentin Tolisso and a rousing solo from “King” Coman were the further reward for a serene performance by the champion of the series.
“I think back a bit to my goal in the final, but now it’s a new season. We want to keep winning,” said Coman after his gala performance. After Serge Gnabry’s failure through a positive corona test and the injured Leroy Sané returning to team training, Flick was all the more happy with the Frenchman’s performance on the wing. However, he made the 24-year-old responsible.
“I told him he has now set the bar and that will be what he will be measured against in the coming games,” said the coach. Oddly enough, Coman is much more successful in the Champions League as a scorer and preparation than in the league and cup. “A player with the quality has to be the same in the other leagues,” said Flick.
Overall, as the Munich stars continued their record series with victory number twelve, the sound of the celebratory Champions League anthem had given them an extra boost. “The premier league is something very special for every player. When you have seen the emotions in Lisbon after the final, you know how valuable and important the Champions League victory was,” Flick recalls. FC Bayern wants to be immortalized in the history of the competition as the second successful defending champion after Real Madrid.
After difficult season preparation, the success against the team around star striker Luis Suárez should bring momentum to the Munich team’s many trophy projects. “We have a reputation for losing as defending champions, so the 4-0 win against Atlético Madrid was a good exclamation point,” said Goretzka.
With all the joy of the success after the “shock” at Gnabry, the national player warned of the corona effects, of a “kind of avalanche that has come closer and closer to you”. You have to stick to the guidelines, the 25-year-old warned.
At Bayern, the last somewhat missing physical presence was agreed in the game on Wednesday, which was once again played without spectators due to the pandemic. Thomas Müller & Co. could also be heard loudly on the field with encouragement and complaints. After a yellow card against himself, Müller aroused his complaint. “What’s going on here? We play against Atlético Madrid. The biggest bullies in European football,” said the 2014 world champion.
The Munich will start in the premier class with Lokomotiv Moscow on Tuesday and RB Salzburg a week later when another group opponent is promising. “Getting off to a good start takes enthusiasm – that’s the first part of a saying, and the way the team played football was really exciting,” said Flick. The former Löw assistant remembered the motto of Germany’s World Cup triumph six years ago. “A good start requires enthusiasm, a good end requires discipline”, was the slogan on the way to the golden cup. The Munich champions got back on track for the title with the first triple step in the still distant final in Istanbul.