Munich (dpa) – dream start of the defending champion! The spectacular premier class appearance of the final hero in the 4-0 against the “bully” from Atlético Madrid and a FC Bayern as in triple days inspired Hansi Flick after a lot of Corona worries.
“We set the bar today,” said the satisfied coach of the German record champions. “There were four wonderful goals, one more beautiful than the other. We’re enjoying the Champions League opener.”
The victory with a signal effect refreshed the fond memories of the Henkelpott triumph two months ago after a somewhat bumpy league days. As in Lisbon in the 1-0 final against Paris Saint-Germain, Joshua Kimmich, who returned to the team just in time after the birth of the second child, prepared the goal through Kingsley Coman. Another goal by Leon Goretzka, preparatory work by Coman, a brilliant long-range shot by Corentin Tolisso and a rousing solo by “King” Coman were the further reward for a serene performance by the series champion.
“I think back a little bit about my goal from the final, but now it’s a new season. We want to keep winning,” said Coman after his gala appearance. After Serge Gnabry’s failure due to a positive corona test and the injured Leroy Sané, who returned to team training, Flick was all the happier about the Frenchman’s performance on the wing. But he made the 24-year-old responsible.
“I told him he has now set the bar and that will be the benchmark for the next games,” said the coach. Curiously, Coman is much more successful in the Champions League as a goalscorer and preparer than in the league and cup. “A player of quality has to be the same in the other competitions,” said Flick.
Overall, as the Munich stars continued their record series with victory number twelve, the sound of the festive Champions League anthem had given them another extra push. “The premier class is something very special for every player. If you saw the emotions in Lisbon after the final, you know how valuable and important the Champions League victory was,” recalled Flick. After Real Madrid, FC Bayern wants to be immortalized in the history of the competition as the second successful defending champion.
After a difficult season preparation, the success against the team around star striker Luis Suárez should bring momentum to the many trophy projects of the Munich team. “We have a reputation to lose as defending champions, so the 4-0 win against Atlético Madrid was a good exclamation point,” said Goretzka.
With all the joy of the success after the “shock” at Gnabry, the national player warned of the corona effects, of a “kind of avalanche that has come ever closer to you”. You have to keep to the guidelines, warned the 25-year-old.
At Bayern, the last somewhat missing physical presence was correct on Wednesday in the game, which was played again without spectators due to the pandemic. Thomas Müller & Co. could also be heard loudly on the pitch with encouragement and complaints. After a yellow card against himself, Müller roused his complaint. “What’s going on here? We’re playing against Atlético Madrid. The biggest bullies in European football,” said the 2014 world champion.
The Munich start in the premier class with Lokomotiv Moscow on Tuesday and RB Salzburg a week later as another group opponent is promising. “A good start needs enthusiasm – that’s the first part of a saying, and the way the team played football was amazing,” said Flick. The former Löw assistant recalled the motto of the German World Cup triumph six years ago. “A good start needs enthusiasm, a good end requires discipline,” was the slogan on the way to the golden cup. The Munich champions got back on track for the title with the first triple step at the still distant final in Istanbul.