Munich (dpa) – Hansi Flick did not want to speculate about the opponent in the round of 16 after the successful end-of-year result of the defending champion in the Champions League.
“I can’t change it anyway”, said the Bayern coach after the 2-0 win in the last group match against Lokomotiv Moscow and was satisfied. “We achieved what we wanted to do. 2020 was an excellent Champions League year for us with the title in the summer. We wanted to end it with a win – and we did.”
National player Niklas Süle, who met for the first time in Europe’s premier football league and for the first time since April 2019 in a competitive Bayern match, and Lewandowski substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored the goals in the patience test against Russia’s number two.
“I am very happy that we finished the group with a victory today, because we were just incredibly strong in this match in 2020,” said Süle, recalling the glorious days in August when Munich perfected the triple. ‘We made the best of it with this diploma. That’s all that matters. ‘
Choupo-Moting was also satisfied. And pride. With his fist raised after his blow, he made a symbolic gesture in the fight against racism. “You have to lead by example, you cannot stop the fight against racism,” said the former Paris Saint Germain pro.
His teammates from last year left the field on Tuesday along with Basaksehir players from Istanbul after the fourth official reportedly referred to Istanbul assistant coach Pierre Webo with what is known in Germany as the “N word”. “We have set a good example. You have to show respect to the players, that’s exactly the right gesture,” said Flick.
Sportingly, the Munich team has not only set its sights on Monday’s round of 16 in Nyon, where a quick reunion with FC Barcelona, which was shared 8-2 in the previous season, is possible. Three Bundesliga matches against Union Berlin, VfL Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen are won at the end of the permanent title year.
“We look forward to the three games. We can end a great year for us as FC Bayern,” said Flick. For the next task in Berlin, he also expects the return of Robert Lewandowski, who was not shown against Moscow due to slight muscle problems.