hOnsi Flick praised his fellow German coach Jurgen Klopp from Liverpool FC ahead of the Champions League final against Real Madrid with the loudest tones. “What Jurgen Klopp has achieved in recent years is remarkable,” said the 57-year-old national coach at the national football team’s training camp in Marbella of Klopp, who was three years younger than him.
The former Bundesliga coach could win the Champions League for the second time on Saturday in the final in Paris against the record-breaking Spanish champions, thus continuing the current successful streak of German coaches in Europe’s most important club competition. In 2019, Klopp triumphed in the First Division with Liverpool. In 2020, Flick won the title with Bayern Munich. And last year Thomas Tuchel succeeded with Chelsea in the Champions League.
Flick: BVB commitments ‘helpful’
“We are happy to have good coaches in Germany,” Flick said Monday night in Spain. The German Football Association coach explains that German coaches have achieved great success and set the tone, especially in the first European Championship, through the “super coach education” in Germany.
Klopp just missed winning the English Premier League again with Liverpool last Sunday. Manchester City, with two goals for national player Ilkay Gundogan, claimed the Premier League title in an exciting long-range duel on the last day of the match. Flick still does not see Klopp losing: “His team plays great football. He absorbed a lot of points. Back in January you would have thought the championship would be handed over to Manchester City.” In the end, Liverpool finished second, one point behind Man City with coach Pepe. Guardiola.
Meanwhile, Flick rated the signing of several national footballers by runners-up Borussia Dortmund as beneficial for his work and goals in selecting the German Football Association. It is now clear that BVB should have a second strong block in the DFB squad in the upcoming World Cup season alongside the traditionally dominant record champion Bayern Munich.
“I totally welcome that. The past has shown time and time again that if you have two teams that make up a block, you can make it work,” said Flick, 57.
BVB managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke already told him at the start of the World Cup regarding transfer policy that “they want to try to do one thing or the other,” Flick revealed. Among Bayern Munich defender Niklas Solle, Freiburg Cup finalist Nico Schlutterbeek and striker Karim Adeyemi of Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg, Borussia have already signed three national players and provided them with long-term contracts.
“Having our best players in Germany also gives us a step forward in terms of the tournament after the next,” said Flick, not only with the goal of the World Cup in Qatar at the end of this year, but also in another preview. of the European Championship 2024 in his country. In the training camp in Marbella for the upcoming Nations League matches against European champions Italy, European Championship runners-up England and Hungary, Borussia Dortmund has the second largest group of players in the squad after Bayern Munich, if you add the three new players Süle and Schlotterbeck to Marco Reus, Julian Brandt and Adeyemi is already one of them.