Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick is expecting the club to lose several players in the wake of ther Champions League success.
The German club became European championship winner for the 6th time after beating French Ligue 1 side, Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the final in Lisbon. They had earlier in the season secured the Bundesliga and the German CUP.
Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara is expected to leave this summer. He has been linked with a move to Liverpool. The CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had confirmed he will not be signing a contract extension as his current deal expires next year.
On the other hand, Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho will be returning to Inter Milan and Barcelona respectively after the end of their loan spells in Bavaria.
Hansi Flick confident ahead of new Bundesliga campaign
While expressing fears that his side is in danger of losing some crucial players, the former Germany Assistant coach is confident the Bundesliga winners can recover ahead of the next campaign.
“[We will] lose some players who have tremendous quality, we have to deal with that.
“If I could continue to work with this squad, that would be nice, but that is not the case,” ” he told Die Zeit.
Flick further admitted that his side will be under pressure to maintain their high standards in 2020-21 after winning the treble last season. The manager however said he is hungry for more titles.
“We have achieved something special, something that maybe not all of us thought we could do, but I also know that it will all be over the moment the new season starts.
“There is a nice phrase: ‘Success is not owned. It is only rented.’ And the rent is due every day. Of course I could say: ‘I’ve achieved a lot now. Now I’ll lean back’. But that doesn’t meet the demands I have on my life,” he added.
He further expressed his delight with the team he took over from Niko Kovac last November. The 55-year-old said he is impressed and delighted to see them revel in their Champions League triumph.
“I notice how happy I am about the Champions League title for the players. For Robert Lewandowski, for example, he played so well for the team and also integrated himself into the network on the defensive side.
“When I then see the players, how happy they are, and finally let their emotions out, it’s nice. It’s also important for the German national team.”