Former Bayern Munich coach, Jupp Heynckes has showered huge praises on the incumbent coach, Hansi Flick for leading the team to another historic treble.
Heynckes was the last Bayern manager to achieve such a feat; Jerome Boateng, Manuel Nuer, and Thomas Muller were part of the team then.
Speaking in a recent interview with the DFL Magazine, Heynckes also lauded the quartet of veteran Bayern Munich leaders Thomas Müller, Joshua Kimmich, Manuel Neuer, and Robert Lewandowski for their contribution towards creating another record.
Jupp Heynckes lauds Thomas Muller for his exceptional work rate at Bayern
Heynckes had exceptionally high praise for Muller, describing him as one of “the most extraordinary players in the history of German football.”
“He has again now been showing what has always made him stand out: being a team player, diligent, and an unusually strong runner.”
The commendation is following Muller’s work rate and team-first mentality, recording 21 assists in the Bundesliga last season.
The former manager said such a record-breaking feat is a testament to his work rate. He stated this considering the fact that Muller played as a sub in the beginning stages of the campaign under Niko Kovac.
“He is once again showing what has always distinguished him: being a team player, hard-working and hard-running. In addition to that, he’s a driving force on the pitch, which is more clear now than ever.”
‘Kimmich has football in his blood ‘
Speaking on the importance of Joshua Kimmich, the German coach said the utility player epitomizes a professional footballer, who also stands for what makes FC Bayern what it is.
He further stated that Kimmich is someone for whom “football is his hobby, his job, his lifeblood. At the same time, he has developed as a person.”
“Without a doubt, Kimmich is certainly in contention to be a future captain for Bayern. He’s shown so much growth since joining the club back in 2015.”
On the captain, Manuel Neuer, Heynckes said the solid form he exhibited this season makes him to still be among the best goalkeepers currently.
‘Lewandowski now a team player’
Heynckes further stated that the club’s highest goalscorer, Robert Lewandowski is now a team player and not selfishly anymore.
The Polish striker was the highest scorer in every competition he was involved in last season, making him the first player to achieve such feat.
He only fell short of Gerd Müller’s single-season record of 40 goals in the Bundesliga.
“Not only his tally of goals was world-class, but also how he worked as a team player. If a world footballer is chosen, there is only one who deserved it in 2020: Robert Lewandowski.”
He also said Flick has impressed him greatly with his “team and individual leadership, empathy, credibility, and communication.
“Flick is the key sporting official. He is not the boss on the basis of his position, but rather on the basis of his personality.”