Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes hails his men for “clever” performance against Barcelona
It appears as if Jupp Heynckes has planned to win all major silverware before leaving the helm for Pep Guardiola this summer. The Bayern Munich manager routed Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate to reach the Champions League final once again. Bayern Munich has now reached the Champions League final for a third time in the past four years.
Jupp Heynckes and Co. will now have to face Borussia Dortmund in an all-German Champions League final at Wembley on May 25. Jupp Heynckes admitted it had been a hard fought battle for the European honors. The German boss praised his men for their “clever” performance against Barcelona, but confessed that the Spanish side struggled to record their best in the absence of Lionel Messi.
The Argentinean goalscoring machine Lionel Messi was deemed unfit before the second leg of the Champions League semifinal. The Barcelona forward spent the whole game watching his side get humiliated from the bench.
“I think it was clearly noticeable that my team entered this game extremely focused,” Jupp Heynckes said in his post-match interview. “We played great right from the start. However, there is no denying it – Barcelona is a different team without (Lionel) Messi.
“Still, I am sure no one expected us to win 7-0 on aggregate. I would not say that we witnessed an end of an era tonight. Barcelona were missing a lot of players and we showed a clever performance.”
Jupp Heynckes and Co. can acquire treble this season. Bayern Munich has already won the Bundesliga title and are now in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund and in the DFB Pokal final against Stuttgart.
Seems like, Jupp Heynckes planned to bag all major honors at Bayern Munich before ending his tenure at the club.
“This team really pulls together. We get through outstanding work together, and we're tremendously hungry for success,” Heynckes said. “Both games have shown we’re capable of football at a very high level.
“We're playing extremely high-speed football, we’re very well organized, we’re tactically smart, we close down the space, and our transitions are functioning perfectly this season. We're a real team, from the front to the back.”
Due to his immense success at Bayern Munich over the last couple of years, top notch European clubs such as Chelsea and Real Madrid are looking into making him their manager this summer.