On Monday at a press conference, Hans-Dieter Flick sided with the Champions League. The Bayern Munich coach has rejected any desire to participate in the new Super League, like his club.
Strong positions are multiplying. From European political bodies to fan groups, including past and present stars of the game, all of Europe seems to be speaking out against the earthquake-resonating project carried by twelve European clubs to found the Super League. The latest is Hans-Dieter Flick, the coach of Bayern Munich.
Although the 56-year-old German manager will be leaving the Bavarian club at the end of the season, that hasn’t stopped him from taking a stand against the new super-competition set to emerge on the cusp of the 2022-23 season. Asked at a press conference on Monday, the one who remains for a few weeks reigning European champion coach confirmed the position of his club, which does not wish to be part of the dissident clubs.
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Flick: “I’m behind the Champions League”
Flick felt that this new competition could harm continental football and supports the decision of German clubs not to participate, like the positions taken by Borussia Dortmund and Leipzig. “Right now I have other issues. I don’t know all the details (of the Super League), but I support the club’s statement and the Champions League competition,” he said in comments relayed by Sky Sport in Germany. I am behind the Champions League. A Super League would not be good for European football. “
The Super League could have repercussions on Flick’s future, if he were to, as expected, recover the reins of the German selection. Because in addition to the problem of clubs and their participation in national competitions, the players themselves could soon be caught in the crossfire. In a press conference after the UEFA executive committee, Aleksander Ceferin indeed affirmed that the players playing in the Super League, via their clubs, will be excluded from the national selections: “The players who will play in the teams which will play this closed league will be banned from the World Cup and the Euro.”
In Germany are concerned Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Bernd Leno (Arsenal), Marc-André ter Stegen (FC Barcelona), İlkay Gündoğan (Manchester City), Antonio Rüdiger, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner (Chelsea).