Bayern Munich clinched another historic treble just over two weeks ago, but preparations for the 2020/21 season have already begun as the coronavirus pandemic has caused another truncated schedule. Bayern’s first round DFB-Pokal match was pushed back until October, so their first competitive match of the new campaign is next Friday in match-day 1 of the Bundesliga against Schalke.
Ahead of the new season, Hansi Flick said he’s going to assess where the squad is at after at least the first week of training and that there’s a possibility some new signings will be made (Az). He said he’s still planning on having Thiago in his plans and is also certain that Bayern will be able to find replacements for the vacancies left by loanees Philippe Coutinho, Alvaro Odriozola, and Ivan Perisic. “I first want to wait and see the squad I’ll have at my disposal and then see what new line of approach we take,” Flick said of his transfer plans for this window. He also said that he’s in “close communication” with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic on getting those positions filled with quality players. Bayern is also still working on a contract extension for David Alaba right now.
Celebrations have quickly turned to preparations at Bayern Munich. There’s simply no denying how remarkably well the team had been performing since matches resumed in May, but the focus is now fully on this season’s goals. “We achieved goals that we wanted to achieve. We also celebrated — but now that’s over. Now we have to see that we focus on our new goals,” Flick said.
Despite securing a treble with the club’s eighth consecutive Bundesliga title included, Flick affirmed that there’s no lack of motivation in the squad to go on and press for even more silverware: “I don’t think my team has problems with motivation. The players who play for FC Bayern Munich — they want success, they also want to confirm their success. Sure, at Bayern Munich you always want to be champion. We want to secure the next championship. But this year will be damned hard.”