Berlin (dpa) - With the pot over his head Joshua Kimmich roared marching out of the team bus. After the double crowning in the difficult Corona season, the Bayern stars were able to hide the worries of the past few weeks for a few hours after the 13th double victory from the DFB Cup and championship.
«We'll toast with a good glass. When you get the double, it is important that you let the team cheer up, »said CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Thirty champions, twenty cup winners since Saturday - 50 national titles in this category made the German soccer champions proud. The stars liked to be photographed in the team hotel in the heart of Berlin with a championship bowl and pot. "The 50th national title is the most important one," exulted Rummenigge.
After the 4-2 victory in the cup final against Bayer Leverkusen, the released stars around double scorer Robert Lewandowski happily tossed their champion and cup winner coach Hansi Flick into the air - an honor that is far from being given to every Bayern coach. "I didn't know my team was that strong," said Flick after a champagne shower by the team. At the end of the difficult weeks, Flick was “absolutely happy”. The 55-year-old cheered the double as a player and coach, just like Niko Kovac so far.
Twice Lewandowski, a dream free kick by David Alaba and a wonderfully scored goal by Serge Gnabry ensured on Saturday evening at the ghost final in Berlin's Olympic Stadium that Bayern could stay in triple mode. «We still have the third trophy. We have big goals after winning the double, ”said Rummenigge.
After the "icing on the cake" cup victory, Leon Goretzka saw brilliant prospects for his team. "It's fun when you realize that everyone is hungry, everyone wants to win and push themselves to the limit," said Goretzka. "I don't see any limit at the moment."
After the triumph in the empty Berlin Olympic Stadium, Flick granted his ensemble a 13-minute breather instead of the originally planned 12 days. After that, the next big goal should rest, ideally ending on August 23 with the Champions League final in Lisbon. "We will definitely prepare well and do our best to get the triple," assured national team captain Manuel Neuer. In the goals conceded by Sven Bender and Kai Havertz, the Bayern goalkeeper was powerless.
Thoughtful words were also mixed into the celebrations. For one thing, everyone missed the audience. «It is really a bit of a sad moment. When the fans are missing in such a cup final in this wonderful stadium, ”Thomas Müller reminded of difficult Corona times.
The future prospects of Alaba and Thiago, which have not yet extended their contracts expiring in the summer of 2021, dampened the mood in the jubilee double camp somewhat. "I will definitely do everything I can to keep two such quality players in the ranks," promised Flick.
Alaba, who started playing for Bayern in his youth, seems to have a better chance of staying there than Thiago, who is said to be interested in Liverpool. For Alaba, this shouldn't be an issue on Sunday night. "Celebrate today," said the Austrian when asked about his future plans.
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