Bayern Munich: DFB got a perfect manager in Hansi Flick

Former Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick signs contract with DFB. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Former Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick signs contract with DFB. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) /

After a lot of speculation in the last two months, DFB has finally announced former Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick as the successor of Joachim Low. The German manager has been heavily linked with this role since Low announced his departure two months ago. Flick will be taking charge after Euro 2020.

Flick requested the club hierarchy to terminate his contract in April. The club hierarchy eventually accepted Flick’s request and completed the deal to bring RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann as his replacement. Flick left the club on a positive note by lifting the Bundesliga title on Saturday.

Germany is getting the perfect manager to continue the rebuild started by Low after the 2018 World Cup. International management is an altogether different type of managerial role, but Flick ticks key boxes that are needed to be successful in this role.

In very little time, Flick was able to implement a high pressing playing style at Die Roten. Along with playing attractive football, Flick’s team also managed to grind out results whenever things were not going their way.

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Most importantly, Flick is very good at getting the most out of resources at his disposal. He managed to get the best out of Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller at Rekordmeister. Both players were struggling for getting playing time before Flick started managing the first team. The German duo ended up becoming key players in the team’s historic sextuple win.

Apart from senior players, Flick has done fairly well with the younger players during his time in Munich. The likes of Alphonso Davies and Jamal Musiala excelled under him, while players in the middle age group such as Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka also showed improvement during Flick’s reign.

Along with implementing a good style of play and improving players, Flick also has the pedigree of winning big trophies. When the stakes were high during 18 months at Die Roten, Flick got decisions and team selection right. His record in big games at Bayern was also commendable.

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Germany has not tasted success on the international stage in the last two big tournaments. Flick can provide the ideal pathway to achieve success in the next few years. The German team will be looking to end Low’s time on a strong note, but they face a stiff challenge at Euro 2020 due to group of death. France and Portugal are favourites to beat Germany in group stages, but the German team has a solid group of players that can reach the knockout rounds.