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Uli Hoeneß’s pride

‘We have a truly great team now’

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There are only three days to go until the showdown in Madrid, but Uli Hoeneß is unwilling to spend too much time thinking about the meeting with Inter, “because you could go mad doing so,” the FCB President said on Wednesday at the Säbener Strasse. However, the 58-year-old is convinced Munich can lift the famous trophy, as he emphasised in a question and answer session, summarised here by

Q&A with Uli Hoeneß:

The final is on Saturday. Are you proud of what the team’s achieved this season?
Uli Hoeneß: “I think we can be proud of the whole club and the amount of hard work that’s gone into this success, but still with plenty of enthusiasm and flair. Everyone’s rightly praising the team and the coaches, but the board, the department heads and the staff have all been magnificent too. The same goes for the medical unit, where Müller-Wohlfahrt and his people have done a fantastic job. The club couldn’t be in better shape.”

Bayern have always been seen as the example to follow in that respect, so what’s the difference now compared to other less successful seasons?
“The last piece in the jigsaw has often been the only thing missing. After the experience brought by Jupp Heynckes, we looked for another experienced coach with unbeatable qualifications. What we now have is a top coach who’s applied his hallmark to the players and the club. We’ve had folk saying they want to make every player better, every day. Louis van Gaal has done just that. Almost every player has improved immeasurably, both individually and as part of the team. That’s the secret of our success. I have huge respect for what the coach is doing.”

Are you already worked up about the final?
“No, because you could go mad doing so. And there’s plenty of other work to do. But it’ll change once we’ve tasted the Madrid air. It’ll be different compared to the cup final in Berlin. This competition has a different level of quality and a different reputation. It won’t fail to make an impression on me.”