As if Jupp Heynckes needed any more plaudits on his stellar performance as the caretaker coach at FC Bayern Munich, he has quietly set a new personal best with Saturday’s 2-1 comeback win at Wolfsburg.
For the first time in his career, the 72-year old has won 13 official games in a row, across all competitions. Since the loss on Bundesliga matchday 13 to his former club, Borussia Mönchengladbach at the end of last November — the only defeat suffered by Jupp in his current tenure as the coach of FCB — die Roten have won every single game, including ten matches in league play, two in the DFB Pokal, and, of course, the statement “revenge” match against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
Should Bayern win in Tuesday’s first leg of the CL round-of-16 at the Allianz Arena against Besiktas Istanbul, Heynckes would equal Bayern Munich’s club record of 14 straight, set back in 1980 by coaching legend Pal Csernai. And, if the soccer gods grant him that accomplishment, he has the opportunity to claim the mark as his own in the subsequent home game against Hertha Berlin this coming Saturday to run the streak to 15.
In case you were wondering, the friendlies that were played over the winter break, a 6-0 thumping of top Qatari club Al-Ahli SC and the 5-3 goalfest against minnows SG Sonnenhof Großaspach, do not count as part of the streak, for obvious reasons. However, the recent win against Schalke 04, in which assistant coach Peter Hermann had to sit in while Jupp recovered at home from a cold, does.