Hansi Flick said record-breaker Robert Lewandowski’s achievements illustrated the quality of his Bayern Munich team-mates, as the coach reflected on an emotional final game in charge.
Lewandowski scored with the last touch of the game in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Augsburg in the champions’ Bundesliga finale.
It gave the prolific Pole a 41st league goal of the season, meaning he surpassed fellow Bayern legend Gerd Muller for the most goals scored in a single Bundesliga campaign.
Lewandowski had endured a frustrating outing to that point but celebrated with an emotional embrace with Flick.
Speaking after the game, Lewandowski was keen to pay tribute to his fellow Bayern stars, a sentiment shared by Flick.
Speaking to Sky Germany, Flick said: “We win together, that’s the focus. With the quality that each and every one of them has, Lewy naturally benefits from it.
“I’m happy for Lewy. I said to Tapa [assistant coach Toni Tapalovic] that it won’t be anything today. But that’s the class of a goalscorer that he then scores.”
Flick stepped up to the head coach role, initially on an interim basis, in November 2019 following the departure of Niko Kovac.
Under his stewardship, Bayern have won seven major trophies including a memorable treble in the 2019-20 campaign.
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Flick now appears certain to replace Joachim Low as Germany boss after the rescheduled Euro 2020, but for now he wants to focus on celebrating Bayern’s ninth straight top-flight title.
“The team has grown very dear to my heart, that’s a benchmark for me. I am very, very proud. It was a very, very great pleasure for me to coach this team,” Flick said.
“Two years ago I was on vacation with my brothers, then after the cup final there was a call from Niko Kovac. Then you know how the story went on.
“I don’t know yet [on the Germany role]. Today I want to enjoy the championship first. I have been a big Bayern fan since I was a kid.
“It’s such a shame that there weren’t many fans for me as Bayern coach.”
It was not just Flick saying farewell to Bayern against Augsburg. Modern-day legends David Alaba, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez all played their last game for the club.
Asked about the emotions of the day, Flick replied: “When Jerome and David come out, that’s a special moment.”
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