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Match reactions to Bayern Munich clinching their 20th Pokal title

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Two down, one more to go.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v FC Bayern Muenchen - DFB Cup Final Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Another day, another title to celebrate for Hansi Flick and his boys! With a 4-2 victory over Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the Pokal final, the Bavarians have successfully brought home their 13th domestic double. Within a span of a few months, Flick has moulded an unflinching team out of the unstable Bayern Munich that was handed over to him by Niko Kovač. With the Double done, all eyes are on the Champions League fixtures now.

Flick had only great things to say about his players and their performances. The boss is already looking forward to preparing for the upcoming UCL fixtures once the team gets back from their short 12 days holiday and cup celebrations (FCBayern.com).

He said, “We’ve very proud we’ve made it! The way the team played in the last few weeks was sensational, the attitude is just fantastic. It’s nice to see the players believe in their own strength. We’re just very happy. What this team is achieving is extraordinary. In the second half there were a few things we want to improve. But today the only thing that counts is the joy at the double. The players can wind down for a few days now, and then we’ll prepare for the Champions League.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge extended his gratitude to Hansi Flick and the whole team, including the players and the whole set of staffs for helping the team reach where they are today, “We’ve won the double but we’re still in with a shout in a third competition. Everyone who was there in 2013 knows that it’s a long and difficult journey, but from what I’ve seen over recent weeks and months, it’s possible.”

“I would like to give my warmest thanks to the players, the coaching staff led by Hansi Flick, the doctors, physios and all the backroom staff. You’ve had an incredible season. The manner in which we’ve won is tremendous,” he added.

Manuel Neuer, who added an assist to his stats sheet on Saturday, spoke about how special the title win was for the team, “We’re just glad about and proud of the team display! Due to the coronavirus situation the cup triumph is definitely very special, we’ve never seen anything like this. But FC Bayern were motivated and hungry in the last few weeks, all players gave it everything. What we showed was very special.”

Two months ago, when Europe was the pandemic hotspot, most of us did not even think that we would be lucky enough to successfully finish the domestic season this early. Although empty stands sans the cheering from thousands of supporters is a heart-breaking sight, being able to tackle the adversities of the pandemic while adding more trophies to the cabinet has made this season a bit more special than it already was.

“It’s really a bit of a sad moment, the league is our bread and butter, of course we wanted to get that over the line, but when the fans are missing in such a thing as a cup final — I paused for thought at the end at the awards ceremony. It just doesn’t feel the same,” said Thomas Müller when asked about his thoughts on clinching the domestic double.

Just like Der Raumdeuter, David Alaba talked about his feelings on celebrating the title inside an empty stadium, “We’re super happy we’ve won the cup. We’d have liked to do it in front of our fans, which is why we went to the empty stands to say thank you to the fans. I actually wanted to try something different before I took the free-kick but changed my mind, fortunately it worked.”

Let’s hope that Alaba will be with us celebrating many more titles inside packed stadiums once things go back to normal.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v FC Bayern Muenchen - DFB Cup Final Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

The number of chances Leverkusen had to alter the scoreline, which they ruined, are insanely high. And ruining such chances are something you would never want to do especially when you play against a team like Bayern Munich. Peter Bosz commented, “Bayern were the better team over the 90 minutes. In the first half our final balls were not good, and we did that better in the second half. We had chances to make the game interesting, but unfortunately we didn’t succeed.”