Leverkusen (dpa) – Thomas Müller saw “an ending that fits our 2020 Hollywood film” – and trainer Hansi Flick gave the appropriate acceptance speech.
“In my life I will never forget what the players give me and my coaching colleagues,” said the three-time coach at the end of this extraordinary year for FC Bayern Munich, in which the confusion around Leroy Sané will quickly diminish. “It’s just a lot of fun here. I am grateful for every day and every hour that we are together.”
Flick raved about the “right ending to a fantastic year in the script”. Two days after being elected world footballer, Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern their first Christmas as leaders since 2017 with previous leader Bayer Leverkusen scoring his goal in the last minute of the game. “In Hollywood, everything always ends well”, said Müller after the 2: 1 visibly resolved: “That’s how it fits in this magical football year. Now we can relax under the Christmas tree.”
The message was clear: even if the batteries are dead and many things don’t work, Bayern will eventually be on top. Müller warned that it was two mistakes made by Leverkusen and Lewandowski’s individual class that secured the 43rd win in the 48th race in 2020. “It’s not that easy for us at the moment. But we have taker qualities,” said the 31-year-old, whose team set a negative record with the seventh 0-1 in a row, but lost none of these games. However, for a short vacation period we cannot be too on our feet, we have to work hard. “
This is how Lewandowski, who was again decisive, saw it, who set a Gerd Müller record on matchday 13 with the double and the 17th goal of the season. “When you get tired, you have to show your quality,” said the Pole. “That was not a strong game, but a sensational year. I am very proud of what we and I did. It was sensational.” Flick praised the new world footballer as the difference player. “When the opponent made mistakes, he was there,” he said, “he’s just the best in the world for the center goal.”
The second competition winner was Joshua Kimmich. The national player and leader made a twenty-minute comeback six weeks after his meniscus surgery, preparing Lewandowski’s winning goal in no time after a mistake by Jonathan Tah. “Actually he was not supposed to play,” said Flick, “I was glad he was there. The fact that he is here helps the team a lot.” Ultimately, the change gave more control: “Joshua showed that he is very important.”
Apparently this does not yet apply to Sané. His replacement after an earlier substitution and only 36 minutes playing time was tactical and should therefore not be considered a “maximum penalty,” said Flick. For former Bayern captain Lothar Matthäus, it was just that. “That was a clear lesson,” said the Sky expert. “And I think it’s a good thing Flick had this courage.” Sané shows too little passion, “he would rather look back than cooperate”.
Sané was quite enlightening. “The change came as a surprise to me at first – I didn’t know,” he told “Bild”. But he was “my biggest critic himself.” And the joy of victory is “above all.” Müller, who hugged Sané after the final whistle, was delighted and said he “loves to play with him”. The discussion will “soon evaporate”.