HAnsi Flick praised his German coaching colleague Jürgen Klopp from FC Liverpool before the Champions League final against Real Madrid in the highest tones. “What Jürgen Klopp has achieved in recent years is fantastic,” said the 57-year-old national coach at the national football team’s training camp in Marbella about Klopp, who was three years younger than him.
The former Bundesliga coach was able to win the Champions League for the second time in the final in Paris against Spain’s record champions this Saturday and thus continue the current successful series of German coaches in Europe’s most important club competition. In 2019, Klopp triumphed in the best class with Liverpool. In 2020, Flick won the title with FC Bayern Munich. And last year, Thomas Tuchel had success with Chelsea in the Champions League.
Flick: BVB commitments “useful”
“We are delighted to have such good coaches in Germany,” Flick said Monday night in Spain. The DFB head coach explains that the German coaches are so successful and are leading the way, especially in Europe’s top competition, with the “super coach training” in Germany.
Klopp just needed to win the English championship again with Liverpool last Sunday. Manchester City, where national team player Ilkay Gündogan scored twice, secured the Premier League title in an exciting long-distance duel on the last day of the match. Flick still does not see Klopp as a loser: “His team plays fantastic football. He had scored so many points. Back in January, you thought the championship would be handed over to Manchester City.” In the end, Liverpool finished in second place, one point behind Man City with coach Pep Guardiola.
Meanwhile, Flick judged that the championship’s second-best Borussia Dortmund targeted several national footballers as useful for his work and his goals with the DFB selection. It is currently becoming clear that BVB should have another strong block in the DFB team in the upcoming World Cup season along with the traditionally dominant record champions FC Bayern Munich.
“I absolutely welcome that. The past has shown time and time again that if you have two clubs that form a bloc, you can be successful with it,” said the 57-year-old Flick.
BVB’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke had already at the beginning of the World Cup year indicated to him in terms of transfer policy, “that they will try to do one thing or another,” Flick revealed. In Bayern defender Niklas Süle, Freiburg Cup finalist Nico Schlotterbeck and striker Karim Adeyemi from Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg, Borussia have already signed three national players and provided them with long-term contracts.
“Having our top players in Germany also takes us a step further with a view to the tournament after the next one,” said Flick, not only with a view to the World Cup in Qatar at the end of this year, but also in a further preview of the European Championship 2024 in his own country. In the training camp in Marbella for the upcoming Nations League matches against the European champions Italy, the European Championship two England and Hungary, Borussia Dortmund has the second largest contingent of players in the squad after FC Bayern, if you add the three newcomers Süle. and Schlotterbeck to Marco Reus and Julian Brandt and Adeyemi is already one of them.