It might be early — very early — but Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn thinks his 2021/2022 squad is capable of achieving some lofty goals.
“The Champions League victory is achievable with our squad. FC Bayern has managed, even if we do not have the TV sums like other clubs, to compensate for it again and again with our incredibly strong culture of success and the ability to win,” said Kahn to the club website. “That is our competitive advantage. You can’t just copy this advantage. That’s why I am not afraid that we will remain successful in sport even on the basis of economic reason.”
One player that Kahn expects to help add to the winning culture is RB Leipzig transfer Dayot Upamecano.
“Of course we expect him to perform as he did at Leipzig. We have watched him for a few years. We are convinced that he can absolutely help us with his quality — his duel strength, his build-up play, his technique. We don’t sign a player for over 40 million that we’re not 100% convinced of,” said Kahn. “We are totally convinced of our squad. Some players have come back from loans, such as (Joshua) Zirkzee or (Chris) Richards. I have often seen such returnees take developments that were not expected. We also expect the same from Julian Nagelsmann, that he takes such players to a new level. We did our homework early on, including signing Upamecano. Our squad is very well positioned at the moment.”
Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer is also impressed with the squad’s depth and quality.
“We have numerous young players in their prime, almost all of whom are national players. We managed to bring about the change. The current team is of unbelievable quality,” Hainer said.