Hansi Flick made it two wins out of two for his tenure as interim Bayern Munich manager after the massive 4-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the first Bundesliga installment of der Klassiker this season. In the two wins against Olympiacos and Dortmund, Bayern has outscored their opponents by 6 goals to none and have kept two clean sheets, which has been a rarity for Bayern this season.
There’s been a lot of speculation as to who Bayern’s new long-term manager will be. Speaking after the big win, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said that the club will stick with Flick for the time being (Bild):
We will work with Hansi Flick until further notice. He said before the game that the two games are the finish line for now. I’d say that he crossed the finish line in grand style today. And now we will quite calmly continue with him.
The team’s a strong performance against Dortmund was indicative of the general response the squad has collectively showed since Niko Kovac and the club parted ways last weekend. Rummenigge noted how much the fans at the Allianz Arena enjoyed the momentous occasion:
We are satisfied with the way we presented ourselves today. You could see the spectators, who had a ton of fun at the game and deservedly gave the team standing ovations on their way to the locker room.
He also said it’s safe to presume Flick will still be the main man come time for Bayern’s next Bundesliga match against Fortuna Düsseldorf after the international break. When asked, Rummenigge simply replied, “one can presume so.”
Uli Hoeness bids farewell
The Klassiker win over Dortmund officially marked Uli Hoeness’s last match as Bayern Munich president. He will officially step down from his post on November 15th during the international break. The statement win against their bitter Bundesliga rivals, he said, was the perfect occasion to mark his last match as President of the club:
It was a wonderful conclusion. The schedule could not have done it more beautifully. It was a demonstration by our team from the first to the last minute. I have to thank them. This game will remain in my memory forever.
Reflecting on last weekend’s events, Hoeness emphasized that he made every effort to leave on good terms with Kovac:
I was concerned to give Niko Kovac a sensible farewell; I also was key in pushing for that. I telephoned with him very often, also since the weekend. With me, the coaches almost always leave as friends. Of course, he’s not happy, but I think he’s also relieved, because it also didn’t simply go by without leaving a mark on him.
Lastly, Hoeness reflected on his time working for Bayern, and said he’s always wanted to ensure that the people remain to be the most important part of the club; a true embodiment of Mia San Mia:
It was always important to me that the club stays human. I have always tried to ensure that people take center stage, and not success.
Danke für Alles, Uli!