Bayern Munich: Hansi Flick is right, he deserved best coach award

David Alaba and Hansi Flick, Bayern Munich. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
David Alaba and Hansi Flick, Bayern Munich. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick is justified to be miffed about losing out to Klopp.

It has been an eventful week for Bayern Munich as they got back to winning ways in the Bundesliga with a resilient performance against Wolfsburg on Wednesday. On Thursday, Manuel Neuer was awarded FIFA’s Best goalkeeper of the year award, while Robert Lewandowski won the player of the year award.

Along with individual awards, Die Roten had numerous players in FIFA’s team of the year. Joshua Kimmich, Lewandowski, Alphonso Davies, and Thiago Alcantara (now at Liverpool) were rewarded for their remarkable performances for Die Roten this year.

Despite so many accolades for Bayern players on Thursday, the ceremony did leave bitterness amongst Bavarians as Hansi Flick was not awarded as the best coach of the year. Flick lost out to his compatriot and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for this award, while Leeds United managed Marcelo Bielsa finished third in the list.

While speaking to media (via Goal) during the pre-match conference for the game against Bayer Leverkusen, Hansi Flick expressed his disappointment for missing out on the award. However, he was also full of praise for Klopp and his backroom staff for enjoying a great year at Liverpool.

"“Life goes on. Of course, we were a little disappointed last night, which is normal.”“If you get among the top three, you also want to win. We live in a society of performance, so we also would have liked to win. But everything goes on, we have new goals to attain. Now, this is closed.”"

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Flick is right to be disappointed as he deserved it more than his counterparts. There is no doubt Klopp did a terrific job at Liverpool, guiding the Merseyside club to the maiden Premier League title. Having said that, Flick’s achievements are much more historic and difficult to pull off in a single campaign, let alone by managing the team for a half-season.

Die Roten looked devoid of ideas on the pitch after a slow start under Niko Kovac last season. He eventually left the club when results and performances were going from bad to worse. Flick not only brought the belief in the squad, but he also got them playing high-intensity football that eventually helped them to win games consistently.

The German manager also got the best out of senior players that were struggling at the start of the season. Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller enjoyed a remarkable campaign, which is astonishing as they were on the periphery of the first-team squad in the initial few months of the 2019/20 campaign.

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Most importantly, he guided Die Roten to a treble. Winning a treble is the ultimate success for a manager at a top club. It needs near perfection in terms of tactics and motivation. Flick managed to achieve what many clubs are yet to experience in their history. The team’s hunger has not dropped after winning the treble, which is a testament to Flick’s style of management. It is a travesty that he didn’t get recognition for his work.