Whe is still coming? Who else goes And who is staying? With a few exceptions such as Niklas Süle, who has already been called for in international matches, the Champions League winners of FC Bayern Munich can enjoy another week of vacation to relax after the football triumph in Lisbon. This also applies to Hansi Flick, although the triple coach with the Munich bosses has long been planning the new season in which three titles are up for defense. And in the Supercup finals on September 24th in Budapest against Europa League winners FC Sevilla and six days later at home in Munich against championship runner-up Borussia Dortmund for more titles.
Before the permanent champion, who has been in office since 2013, on September 18 (in the FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga) opens the 58th Bundesliga season with the home game against the crisis club FC Schalke 04, some personnel questions should be answered in Munich. The guiding principle of the board member applies Oliver Kahn. “The composition of a management team can never be considered complete,” says the 51-year-old. Kahn emphasizes that with a triple champion it is not easy to speak of “potential for improvement”: “The team is at the absolute top level!”
New right-back, new winger
Nevertheless, this will change. Three newcomers are already there: goalkeeper Alexander Nübel (23), the French defensive talent Tanguy Nianzou (18) and the king transfer Leroy Sané (24). The national player, which costs around 50 million euros, should as well Close after a protracted cruciate ligament injury this week with national coach Joachim Löw, collect further training and, above all, match practice in the Nations League games against Spain and Switzerland.
“Continuity” is the Bayern boss’s magic word Karl-Heinz Rummenigge with the staff. Important top performers such as captain Manuel Neuer or Thomas Müller could already be tied up until summer 2023. A success that is still pending at David Alaba. “It would be a shame if we couldn’t come to an agreement,” said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. The CEO repeated in the “Welt am Sonntag” that the record champions continue to expect Thiago to leave, who should move to Liverpool.
“We expect an offer these days,” said Rummenigge; even if he didn’t mention Liverpool. An exit of the 29-year-old Spaniard, who finally achieved something great in his seventh season in Bavaria, would be painful, Rummenigge admitted. Since Thiago’s contract expires in summer 2021, there is a need for action. Under no circumstances should he leave Munich for free in a year.
Also the fighter Javi martinez, who will turn 32 this Wednesday, has thoughts of changing a year before his working paper expires. “It’s going to be difficult for him now, too,” remarked Rummenigge, looking at the well-known competition in the midfield.
Flick’s words carry great weight – especially as a triple coach. It is known that the 55-year-old value a fourth winger alongside Sané, Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman sets. And Flick also wants a good right defender behind world champion Benjamin Pavard. Jérôme Boateng, who will be 33 on Thursday and, in view of the regained importance under head coach Flick, plans to fulfill his ten-month contract, is on hold. “I think we’re well positioned, no question about it,” said Vice-Captain Thomas Müller during his vacation.
During the holidays, he had “enough time to think about how things will continue,” Flick said after the Champions League final. He knows that FC Bayern. He knows he has to deliver new victories and trophies. “There is a nice saying: Success is only rented – and the rent is due every day,” said Flick. The designated Bayern boss Kahn had recently made a similar statement in Portugal on the subject of optimization: “We wouldn’t be FC Bayern if we didn’t think about it. It’s only about millimeters. “