Munich (AP) – Hansi Flick of FC Bayern Munich is looking forward to the last game of the year after the first disappointment with the second place in the election for world coach of the year.
“We’re taking it up in a sporty way. Kloppo has earned the title with his coaching team, just as my coaching team would have earned it,” said Flick the day before the Bundesliga game at Bayer Leverkusen. “Of course you were a little disappointed – because if you are in the top three, you want to win. But it continues for us, we have new goals that we want to achieve.”
Jürgen Klopp, who coached Liverpool FC for the first English championship in 30 years, was honored as World Coach of the Year. “Of course we were also a little disappointed because we assumed that if a coach would get everything and achieve everything, we think he absolutely deserved it,” said Bayern captain Manuel Neuer.
Neuer was named world goalkeeper and Robert Lewandowski was named world football player. You have the best coach, Lewandowski said. “For me, Hansi deserves to win this trophy. We know for ourselves that he is the best.”
Flick was unable to say whether the election result per Klopp could be related to greater worldwide fame of the Liverpool coach. It’s just a shame for his coaching team, the 55-year-old said. “But a championship, a cup win, a Champions League win with a team and everything that comes with it counts so much more because it’s incredible emotions.”