In an interview with kicker, Jupp Heynckes stressed how proud he is of how his Bayern Munich side overcame a lackluster start to their season to go on and lift their sixth consecutive Bundesliga title. Before Carlo Ancelotti was sacked, Bayern experienced some major hiccups in the form of a 2-0 loss to Hoffenheim in the league, a lackluster 2-2 draw with Vfl Wolfsburg, and the infamous 3-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League; all byproducts of Ancelotti having completely lost the dressing room.
Recognizing the sour situation he inherited when he was brought in to finish the season, Heynckes admits that Bayern’s quick turnaround was down to more than just him:
Based off of the situation in October, this title is a result of fantastic work done by all involved. After the way this season unfolded, this championship is extraordinary and worthy of being cherished.
Taking care of business is Jupp’s bread and butter:
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Bayern Munich are crowned Bundesliga champions for the sixth consecutive season and the fourth time under Jupp Heynckes. pic.twitter.com/wft2ta4o5w
With a record of 28 wins, 1 loss, and 2 draws across competitions since he took over, it’s hard to take any credit away from Heynckes, but in characteristically humble fashion, he says the players did incredibly well to hit the ground running under a new manager:
Not a lot was working at FC Bayern. The biggest of compliments goes to the players, as it was not easy for them to pick up our working rhythm with all the changes.
He even offered gratitude for Ancelotti:
Jupp Heynckes: "I'd like to send special greetings to Italy and Carlo Ancelotti for his involvement in this and congratulate him on this title. I think he's a great coach and a great person." [Sky] #FCBayern pic.twitter.com/yzNgb35zKX— DW Sports (@dw_sports) April 7, 2018
Despite the joy and elation of clinching their record sixth straight Bundesliga title, the players know that it’s back to business in the Champions League as they host Sevilla midweek, and there’ll be absolutely no room for complacency. The chase for another treble is within reach and getting past Sevilla is the next, most important step in that process.
To ensure that team spirit and morale was as high as it could possibly be heading into the final stretch of the season, Heynckes revealed that he addressed the entire squad last week to get that message across:
I have always said that we need to be in top form come March, April, and May. That’s when everyone needs to be top fit. Just last Thursday I addressed the team and told them that we won’t have a chance without total team spirit. We need to work together optimally, with out individual egos. I have a feeling I was able to reach them.