Hansi Flick oversaw his last match as manager of Bayern Munich as the the Bundesliga champions sealed the end of their campaign with a 5-2 win over Bavarian neighbors FC Augsburg. While it was a celebratory atmosphere having won the Bundesliga title for the ninth straight season, it was also an emotional occasion as the club had to say goodbye to David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Javi Martinez, Douglas Costa, Tiago Dantas, Hermann Gerland, Miroslav Klose, and Flick. For Alaba, Boateng, Javi, and Fick, to say it’s truly the end of era would be an understatement to their contributions to FC Bayern, but it was time to say goobye.
Speaking after the 5-2 win, Flick reflected back on his time as Bayern manager and expressed the emotions that he felt on a momentous occasion for his last match in charge (tz). Impressively, in just under two seasons, Flick managed to win seven separate titles with Bayern after taking over for Niko Kovac in November 2019. He recalled his path over the past two years from becoming an assistant to Kovac, to where he is today; “Two years ago I was on vacation with my brothers, then after the cup final there was a call from Niko Kovac. Then you know how the story went on. The team has grown very dear to my heart, that’s a benchmark for me. I am very, very proud. It was a very, very great pleasure for me to coach this team,” he explained.
For Flick it was a fitting farewell along with Alaba, Javi, and Boateng. Fiction writers could not have written a script to have Robert Lewandowski score his 41st goal of the season in the 90th minute to break Gerd Muller’s Bundesliga record with the last kick of the ball of the season for Bayern. Add to that, it happened not long after Alaba and Boateng had their proper sendoffs to a standing ovation of the 250 fans inside the Allianz Arena along with all of the players and staff members from both clubs. Flick described what his emotions were like during those moments; “Just when Jerome and David come out, that’s a special moment. We played an excellent first half again. I’m happy for Lewy. I said to Tapa (assistant trainer Toni Tapalovic) that it won’t be anything today. But that’s the class of a goal scorer that he then scores. We win together, that’s the focus. With the quality that each and every one of them has, Lewy naturally benefits from it.”
Aside from not being able to progress further in and potentially win the DFB-Pokal and Champions League again, it was a fitting end to what’s been a truly incredibly tenure for Hansi Flick at Bayern. Looking forward, it’s all but clear Flick will take over for Joachim Low as the German National team manager after this summer’s European Championships, but for now, Flick did not want to speak about that. “I don’t know yet. Today I want to enjoy the championship first. I have been big Bayern fans since I was a kid. It’s such a shame that there weren’t many fans for me as a FCB coach,” he said.
From all of us at BFW and FC Bayern fans alike:
DANKE FUR ALLES, HANSI!