Reaction to the Champions League triumph
Mon, 24/08/20, 02:24
Flick: "I haven't given a curfew"
FC Bayern crowned an outstanding season on Sunday night, winning the Champions League and sealing the second treble in club history. Munich beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in Lisbon. "I'm proud of the team. The development over the last ten months has just been sensational," head coach Hanso Flick said after the triumph. "It's the greatest day of my career. I can't describe what it means to me to be out on the pitch with this team," said a visibly moved Joshua Kimmich. fcbayern.com has compiled the players' and coaches' reaction after the victory over PSG.
Reaction to the Champions League triumph
Oliver Kahn, FC Bayern board member: "Back in November, Hasan Salihamidžić told me he'd like to win the Champions League with me once more. A word and a wish. I think the term team is key here. And most of all this hunger the lads had, they just never have had enough. We always felt they kept working to win the title, highly focused. And our system is tailored to the team. PSG found some space here and there but we were alert. This way we coped with world-class players such as Neymar and Mbappé. Manuel Neuer made two crucial saves. That's what an FC Bayern goalkeeper must be able to do, he isn't busy all the time but he must be on hand in these moments."
Hansi Flick: "I'm proud of the team. The development over the last ten months has just been sensational. I haven't given the team a curfew. We should celebrate properly, we've earned it. A big thank you to the whole team. There are so many people who've helped, it belongs to all of them. The team resolutely went down this path today. We saw Paris have a lot of quality up front but we defended bravely from the front. I think we deserved to win especially because of the second half. We have players that are determined to win and that's what you need as a coach."
Manuel Neuer: "It's hard to compute everything so soon after the game. The joy at the final whistle was of course huge, it was a relief. There were another five minutes of stoppage time. We were all waiting for the referee to blow the whistle. We worked hard for it and we deserved it. It's a dream for all of us."
Thomas Müller: "It feels incredible. We've been on a journey, we’ve come relatively far from how we felt in the autumn. And then we went on a run that was sensational. We’ve also deserved this feeling. We have the team spirit, the boys are ready to toil. Today we also rode our luck and had Manuel Neuer between the sticks. How the team started, how we played; It wasn't our best game, but we hung in there and now we're on top. We're actually arguing about who's going to make up for each other’s mistakes. Thanks also to all the support from home."
Kingsley Coman: "I'm very, very happy, of course. I really must emphasise that. It was an incredible evening, not only for the club, but for all the fans. I wanted to play well. But that's nothing against PSG, I'm just 100 percent FC Bayern now and I wanted to win so badly. And I just had to be professional, I couldn’t think about that during the game. Of course it's a pity for Paris and I feel for them because I come from the city."
Joshua Kimmich: "It is the biggest day of my career. I can't describe what it means to be on the pitch with a team like this one. Winning a title like that with brothers is the best you can achieve. Hansi Flick has given us a very good feeling in the camp and given us a lot of confidence right from the off. Each victory has given us more and more confidence. When you make mistakes, someone else makes up for them. We weren't without mistakes today either, but we had a slight feeling of invincibility. I think we deserved to win this competition."
Alphonso Davies: "Who would have ever thought: I come from Canada, to a club like FC Bayern Munich and I win the Champions League. If someone had told me that two or three years earlier, my reaction would have been- ‘You're lying.’ Dreams really do come true."
What the opposition said:
Thomas Tuchel, Paris Saint-Germain head coach: "I felt before that it was probably going to come down to the first goalscoring opportunity, that we would have to battle and that we were playing against a strong team. But we fought so well, the game was played with a tremendous intensity. We really had periods where you could feel that they were under the cosh. If you want to make the most of one of those moments, you have to have luck at the right moment. You need the chance to score. We had that, and you just have to put it in. Manuel Neuer has been in top form for weeks at the wrong time for us. He's taken goalkeeping to a new level, that's for sure. He plays at his very highest level - unfortunately for us."
Here are the best moments from the final against Paris Saint-Germain: