Alphonso Davies has arguably been the biggest breakout star in world football during the 2019-20 season. Since becoming a regular in the side, the converted left-back has delivered routinely swashbuckling performances for Bayern Munich as his speed, defensive skill, and dribbling have been on full display. Recently, he spoke with ESPN where he discussed Bayern Munich’s Champions League chances, the fantastic Hansi Flick and more.
After early struggles under Niko Kovac, Bayern has under Hansi Flick shown the quality expected from Germany’s most successful club. The team gradually progressed over the course of the season and was arguably playing its best football, right before all play was halted due to the coronavirus. Before the abruption, Bayern was considered favourites for the esteemed Champions League title, a target Davies still aims for:
I really feel that with the quality we have we can win the Champions League.
However, winning such a title always requires a slice of luck - a slice of luck which Bayern has frankly lacked for years. Furthermore, as always, there are many formidable teams left in the competition. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and a Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona among others. Davies acknowledged this:
Obviously, it is not going to be easy. There are still a lot of good opponents in front of us that we have to get past.
Davies was very happy with his performance in Bayern’s latest CL match, against Chelsea. He said he played “very well”, “defended well, attacked well” and did “what the coaches asked me to do”.
It’s clear that Davies and all Bayern’s other stars are well behind new permanent coach Hansi Flick. Flick has allowed for a more free-flowing, creative and pleasing Bayern while giving his players a simple yet effective game plan:
My favourite part about him [Flick] is that he lets us play, lets us be creative. He implements his coaching tactics, how he wants us to play, but at the end of the day, football is free-flowing. He just wants us to win games and enjoy playing our football
Well, Davies has been a joy to watch this season. Let’s all hope that football can resume in some form in the coming months so that “ The Champions” rings around in stadiums all over the world. Davies and Bayern supporters will dream that it will be Die Roten’s turn to bring home the coveted trophy in Istanbul.