‘They were a little lucky, amid all the chaos, with schedules’: Jurgen Klopp says his old rivals Bayern Munich’s Champions League triumph was aided by German fixture list after Covid-19
- Bayern Munich defeated PSG 1-0 on Sunday to claim Champions League glory
- The European title in Lisbon also sealed an impressive treble for the German club
- But Jurgen Klopp says Bayern were ‘a little lucky’ with a favourable schedule
Jurgen Klopp has suggested Bayern Munich had luck on their side as they stormed to a treble-crowning Champions League glory at the weekend.
Bayern defeated Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in Lisbon, with Kingsley Coman scoring the decisivie goal that also saw the German giants dethrone Klopp’s Liverpool as Champions League holders.
Klopp, who went toe-to-toe with Bayern when he was Borussia Dortmund manager for seven years from 2008, congratulated his old foes on their success but said their schedule might have made things easier.
Jurgen Klopp says Bayern Munich’s schedule would have helped win the Champions League
Robert Lewandowski poses with the trophy after Bayern defeated PSG in the final
‘It is difficult to write more history in eight months,’ Klopp said to ZDF. ‘(Bayern were) a little lucky that, amid all the chaos with schedules, their schedule was best suited to the Champions League.
‘At the moment definitely one of the absolute, absolute top teams. They are sensationally well equipped,.
‘They have absolute world-class players in every position, and all at the right age.’
Germany were the first European country to return to action in May after the outbreak of coronavirus halted the global game.
It means Bayern’s games were more staggered than most other countries, resulting in a less condensed fixture list and more recovery time.
Champions League glory competed the treble for Bayern in the 2020-21 campaign
Klopp’s Liverpool return to Premier League action on Saturday in the Community Shield
Their opponents PSG, for example, had Ligue 1 cancelled due to the pandemic so had less time to recapture match sharpness.
Klopp’s Liverpool return to competitive action from the slender pre-seaon break on Saturday when they meet Arsenal in the Community Shield.
Premier League action resumes on September 12 and Liverpool’s first game as defending champions is against newly promoted Leeds at Anfield.
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