This Tuesday, June 16, Bayern Munich won its 30th title of champion of Germany. This is the 8th time in a row that the club has won this distinction. A year obviously exceptional because of the health crisis. Of aillleurs, Bayern Munich is the first club among the big european leagues has won a title since the déconfinement and the resumption of matches.
Coutinho disappointing, the defense decimated
In October, the two central defenders holders get hurt severely: the international Niklas Süle (cruciate ligaments knee) and new signing Lucas Hernandez (cruciate ligaments ankle), the world champion French poached from Atletico Madrid for 80 million euros, are unavailable for several months.
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The coach Niko Kovac hesitated for a long time to find a hinge, and it is ultimately Hansi Flick, his successor, who will install the duo of David Alaba/Jérôme Boateng, extremely powerful in 2020. In addition, Philippe Coutinho, who arrived from Barcelona billed as THE star will light up the Bundesliga, does not find his place in the team and remains generally well below expectations (8 goals, six assists).
The thunderclap of Tottenham
on The 1st of October, Bayern will win 7-2 to London in the champions League against Tottenham, the finalist coming out. Serge Gnabry completes a four-fold increase. The German press and international speaks of a "- signal launched in Europe " by the German club, which has won the competition since 2013.
The fall of Kovac
The feat of Tottenham is the tree that hides the forest. Five victories only for their first ten Bundesliga games: never, the defending champions have not started a season as badly since 2010/2011. The team plays a football stereotyped and boring. The leaders of the locker to let go the coach. The coup de grace is given by Frankfurt, the former club of Kovac, who rake the Bayern 5-1 on 2 November. The coach was thanked the next day and replaced by an unknown by the public, his assistant Hansi Flick.
After four decades of reign, the legendary Uli Hoeness leaves the presidency of the club in November, at the age of 67 years. Under his tutelage, the turnover has jumped to 12 million deutschmarks (€6 million) to 750 million euros (consolidated with subsidiaries) ! Over the same period, the Bavarians have won 58 titles, including 24 in the Bundesliga and two champions League (2001, 2013). His successor is called Herbert Hainer: it is the former boss of the group Adidas.
The outbreak of a Flick
In a few weeks, the results and the human qualities of Flick cast this man from the shadows of 54 years of age and in full light. Since its arrival, the "Rekordmeister" has won 26 of his 29 matches (two defeats, one draw) in all competitions, with an average of over three goals per meeting. Modest but determined, rigorous, but very attentive to the players, there is unanimous agreement among managers to the cloakroom that also appreciate the freedom that it lets everyone on the field.
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While the Bavaria imposes confinement in march, Bayern immediately set up collective sessions-training by video-conference. On treadmills and bikes, as well as inside, the players find themselves in line to sweat all together and especially to keep in touch. "We must do everything to respond positively to the situation," explains Flick. Back on the land, the ogres of Bavaria, have lost none of their appetite, or their form: eight matches, eight victories since the recovery, including a Klassiker won 1-0 in Dortmund on the 26th of may.
A hat-trick in the viewfinder
At Bayern, a league title is the minimum expected. The double with the cup would be the icing on the cake. The next highlight of the season will therefore be the final against Leverkusen, July 4, at the olympic stadium in Berlin. Will remain in August to finish the course in the champions League. The generation under 25 years of age, the Süle, Pavard, Davies, Goretzka, Kimmich, Gnabry or Coman has only this in mind: to emulate their predecessors by lifting the Cup with big ears.