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Muller admits he was surprised by “brilliant Flick”

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Thomas Muller admits Hansi Flick is a complete coach, however, his brilliance surprised him.

Hansi Flick took over from Niko Kovac partway through the 2019/20 Bundesliga season. 

Early on in his managerial career, he took charge of FC Bammental and then Hoffenheim. However, after that, he assumed the role of an assistant manager with RB Salzburg, the German national team and Bayern Munich.

For the Bavarian giants to give such are a largely inexperienced coach the big job was a risk. Bayern protected their interest by not committing to Flick’s tenure initially and keeping him in charge on a very short-term agreement.

Club legend Thomas Muller insists though that Flick assumed the role perfectly.

Speaking to Suddeutsche Zeitung he believes the recipe for success was Flick’s ability to ensure everyone knew their role and his almost Guardiola like organization.

He said:

“The coach’s thumbprint is unmistakable.” 

“We all want the same thing, and are pulling in the same direction.”

“The last time we were so well drilled was under Pep Guardiola. Every player was allowed to add their own touch to his position based on his preferences, strengths, and weaknesses, but the role was always clear. There were no ifs, buts, or maybes.”

“Hansi gives us clear guidelines – not options, but specifics. That’s why we were able to come back so well after he took charge.”

“He makes sure we all muck in defensively, including the strikers, and consciously made the spine of the team – using the more vocal players – really strong. That’s not to say there are any handouts; we all have to perform to our best. That’s the most important thing.”

“What Hansi’s done for this team is quite brilliant.”

So what exactly did Flick do at Bayern Munich?