After Bayern Munich clinched the Bundesliga title Tuesday, Hansi Flick didn’t shy away from a potential treble bid.
In the last 16 of Europe’s elite club competition, the German champions hold a 3-0 first-leg lead over Chelsea, with their performance in that match and subsequent fixtures prompting talk of a stunning sweep of the on-offer prizes.
Moreover, since Flick’s November appointment, Bayern has been in excellent shape winning 26 of their 29 matches in all competitions.
Their first major campaign silverware was delivered with two spare matches as Robert Lewandowski’s first half goal secured a decisive 1-0 win at Werder Bremen.
Flick suggested his team’s title-clinching triumph and their spirit epitomised. “The football that we’ve been playing in the last few months was sensational,” he told. “You can feel the passion, the enthusiasm and the fighting spirit after the red card even today.”
The sublime 43rd-minute finish of Lewandowski proved enough to seal the points and the championship, his 31st league campaign goal wrapping up Bayern’s 30th German title.
Nonetheless, Bayern were below their brilliant best against Werder.
But they held on for victory even after the contentious red card of Alphonso Davies with 11 minutes to go.
Flick added: “Bremen was a bit braver with the red card, we had to defend it and we did it sensationally, so there is no criticism today.
“I am very, very happy and can only say it over and over again: you never succeed on your own. We are just one unit and I really love to be here.”
However, the season for Bayern is far from over, as they turn their attention now to the DFB-Pokal final against Bayer Leverkusen, and then to the Champions League.
“By winning the [Bundesliga] championship we have now taken the first step and achieved our first big goal,” head coach Flick said. “But the DFB-Pokal we still have as our next objective.
“There’s of course the Champions League as well. It is clear that it is not plannable. Coming through the game against Chelsea first will be tough enough. Then we shall see what will happen. It’s going to be hard and we got to be fit.”