“There’s hardly been any breathers since March, but there are no breathers for anyone in society at the moment,” Salihamidžić said. “The workload for players and coaches, physios and doctors, is already huge. But we have to think differently about a lot of things right now and be grateful that we can play our sport. A few quiet days with family will be enough this time.”
COVID-19 has not just been hard on the players, coaches, doctors, and physios, though. The front office has been tasked with evolving to stay ahead of the curve during a very uncertain time for finances and scouting.
“In terms of structure, we’re planning quite normally. We scout, we analyze, we discuss positions and players. Regardless of coronavirus, we as FC Bayern have to be early with our ideas and think very creatively,” said Salihamidžić.
Interestingly, when the discussion shifted to how club is managing the development of its youth players, while trying to win with veterans, Brazzo brought up some interesting names — including Angelo Stiller, who is rumored to be heading out of Bavaria.
“Youth work is very important for FC Bayern – that has nothing to do with coronavirus. If a young player has the talent to play for the first team, he has it, regardless of coronavirus or not,” Salihamidžić remarked. “We see the development with joy and confidence, with Jamal Musiala, with Chris Richards, with Bright (Arrey-Mbi), but also with Angelo Stiller. And then we’ve got Alphonso Davies, who’s still young, and also Tanguy Nianzou, who’s only 18. Something is growing there and we have to do everything at all levels to ensure that as many of those named as possible make it to the first team.”
As far as motivation goes, Brazzo indicated that Bayern Munich’s taste of a treble last season has made the club realize the vast potential of this group of players.
“This team is capable of defining an era,” said Salihamidžić. “Our task is to support them and do everything we can to play attractive, successful football.”
The complete interview in “51” is available in German.