"Professional football is not a one-man show"
Hansi Flick takes charge of FC Bayern for the first time on Wednesday as the German record champions host Olympiacos on Matchday 4 of the Champions League. On the eve of the game, the 54-year-old fielded questions from journalists in the press conference at Säbener Straße.
Hansi Flick on...
... his new role as coach: “It all happened very quickly on Sunday evening. I was sitting having dinner with my wife when the call came from Hasan Salihamidžić. I then drove to Säbener Straße and the situation was explained to me. I was clear about putting myself forward for the coaching position, out of loyalty to the club.”
... Niko and Robert Kovač: “I have come to regard Niko and Robert very highly over the past months, so it wasn’t an easy situation. Niko is always honest and straight to the point. He said goodbye with class today – a lot of people had a lump in their throat.”
... preparations for Olympiacos: “We’re looking forwards and we have to concentrate on what’s ahead. I’m looking forward to the match against Olympiacos. The players have a responsibility now. On Wednesday I want to pick a team that will also be well-practised for Saturday. Javi Martínez will play in the centre of defence and Thomas Müller will also play.”
... his assistant coach Hermann Gerland: “I’m glad that Hermann was ready to step in straight away. He’s experienced, he knows the team and the players respect him.”
... the first training session: “We had a great session today, I’m thoroughly impressed. The boys were very lively. It was a short but sharp session, with a tactical element as well.”
… possible changes: “We’ll make the odd change. The goals we’ve been conceding were not Bayern-like. For me, it’s important the team are proactive. We need to defend from the front and try to win the ball back as quickly as possible. They’re the points we want to address.”
… his job: “It’s my job to speak to everyone and point out to them what they’re capable of and what I expect from them, but professional football is not a one-man show. We have lots of experts in the team who can all be involved. I’m a team player and I have a good connection with the players. I want to motivate them.”
… Thomas Müller: “I rate Thomas as a player and as a person. I’ve known him for a long time. Thomas is important for the club; he’s won everything there is to win here. He’s an important identity figure for Bayern Munich. On the pitch he’s very intelligent, he can carry players along with him and lead.”