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Hansi Flick admitted he was “a bit disappointed” to miss out on the FIFA Best Coach award following Bayern Munich’s impressive streak of trophies.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp edged out Flick for the award on Thursday, after leading the Reds to their first English league title in 30 years.
Flick, who took over mid-season last season when Niko Kovac left a failing Bayern, guided the German giants to a hat-trick consisting of Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League titles.
Bayern’s achievements were reflected in Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski winning the best player award and Manuel Neuer being named best goalkeeper in the world.
Flick would have been proud to join them as a winner, but said: “We always take this as athletes. ‘Kloppo’ certainly deserved this title with his staff as well. The same as my staff would have deserved it. “
Klopp admitted that he had been surprised to bring his German compatriot to the award, though grateful for another award, while Lewandowski said that Bayern players viewed Flick as the choice of nominees.
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Flick said: “Life goes on. Of course we were a bit disappointed last night, which is normal.
“If you are in the top three, you also want to win. We live in an acting society, so we would also have liked to win.
“But everything goes on, we have new goals to achieve. Now this is closed. The team has achieved exceptional results. With Manu [Neuer] and Robert, we have two of the best players.
Robert as the best footballer and Manu as the best goalkeeper, and Joshua Kimmich, Alphonso Davies in the XI World Cup… Thiago [Alcantara] also, although unfortunately now he is with Liverpool.
“So we can say that this has been an exceptional season for us.”