Jupp Heynckes has set the record for most consecutive wins by a manager in the Champions League (11) after Bayern Munich defeated Besiktas 3-1 in leg 2 of the round of 16. Heynckes’s winning run stretches all the way back to the 2012-2013 campaign, when Bayern won all five of their knockout matches from the quarterfinals onward, en route to their famous 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the final at Wembley Stadium.
Both Louis van Gaal and Carlo Ancelotti were level with Heynckes with 10 consecutive Champions League wins for their tenures with Bayern (van Gaal) and Real Madrid (Ancelotti), respectively.
Having won the competition twice already as a manager—once with Real Madrid, once with Bayern—Heynckes can add yet another individual accolade to his Champions League trophy cabinet. He’ll have the chance to extend new his record, too, as the draw for the quarterfinals takes place this Friday.
If Bayern make it all the way to the final, Heynckes could stretch his consecutive-wins record as far as 16, although Bayern technically do not have to win every match from here on out to reach the final.
In typical Heynckes fashion, the manager was quick to play down the plaudits he received for reaching this impressive record following the win vs. Besiktas (via UEFA.com):
Managers think differently than the media. It turns out I had a record of scoring in successive home games, but I only learned about it when Lewandowski came close to breaking it. For me, it’s about playing good football, seeing my team improve and offering a good spectacle.