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Hansi flicked the switch to kick-start Munich machine.

Byline: Aaron Ashley looks at Bay stunning rev in a campaig started badly

BAYERN MUNICH sealed their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title, successfully defended their German Cup crown and will have high hopes of adding the Champions League to this season's list of achievements.

But Bayern's superiority this term has not been plain sailing from the start and the November appointment of Hansi Flick as manager was the turning point in a campaign that was turning sour under Niko Kovac.

Bayern had dropped points in five of their opening ten Bundesliga assignments and October's 7-2 Champions League crushing of Tottenham was overshadowed by earlyseason domestic defeats against Hoffenheim and Frankfurt.

A shambolic 5-1 reverse at his former club Frankfurt - the club's heaviest Bundesliga loss for ten years - led to the exit of Kovac, who had led Bayern to a league-and-cup double last season but was steadily losing his touch.

Kovac won 45 of his 65 games in charge of the German giants but demands for his side to play more like European champions

Liverpool didn't go down well with the Croatian. His apparent lack of ambition may have made the decision to axe him that bit easier, too.

After Liverpool's 2-1 Premier League win over Tottenham, which had seen them collect 28 points from a possible 30, Kovac was reported as saying: "What Liverpool did yesterday showed that they deserved to win the Champions League, but you also have to have the type of players.

He stressed: "We must accommodate what we have. You can't try to go 200km/h on the Autobahn when you can only go 100. You simply must accommodate what we have."

But Kovac's successor had few problems flicking on the switch at the Allianz Arena, showing there is more than enough quality in Bayern's ranks to challenge for Liverpool's European crown.

Flick, who had spent eight years as Germany's assistant before becoming second in command to Kovac, had limited managerial experience but a successful stint as interim boss saw him rewarded with the role on a permanent basis.

His first Bundesliga game in charge resulted in a dominant 4-0 win over title rivals Borussia Dortmund, which came just seven days after their Frankfurt flop, and they have not looked back since.

Flick has overseen 30 wins from a possible 33 games in all competitions, with 104 goals scored and just 24 conceded, and each player in a squad which is packed with depth has benefited under his guidance.

Thomas Muller was considering a move away from the Allianz Arena in October but he has scored seven times and contributed 15 assists since Flick's appointment, while centre-back Jerome Boateng, who was struggling for regular minutes, has also enjoyed a resurgence.

Kovac may have felt Bayern's squad was short on the talent required to challenge for Champions League honours but Flick understands an attack spearheaded by prolific Pole Robert Lewandowski, who has notched 53 goals from just 44 games this term, should not set their sights any lower.

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Author:Aaron Ashley looks at Bay stunning rev in a campaig started badly
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
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Date:Aug 14, 2020
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