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Heynckes' Bayern in the best possible shape

Postby FCBayernNews » Tue Dec 27, 2011 2:20 pm

Jupp Heynckes made 369 Bundesliga appearances as a player, and has 591 so far as a coach. The 66-year-old has seen all there is to see: fierce media broadsides, angry players, shocks and scandals. Nowadays, nothing can disturb his serene authority, an attribute which is proving a major bonus for Bayern. "At the moment, the club is in the best possible shape, and the main responsibility lies with the coach," Uli Hoeneß recently declared.

The seasoned supremo is in his third spell at the helm of Germany's most successful club. The partnership between FCB and Heynckes has always led to success. In his first stay at the club from 1987 until October 1991, the Mönchengladbach-born coach guided the team to the Bundesliga title in 1989 and 1990. Heynckes reappeared at the end of the 2008/09 campaign, taking over from Jürgen Klinsmann on a caretaker basis for the last five matches, and leading his charges to second spot in the league and a Champions League qualifying berth.

"We don't lose anything because of internal friction," Hoeneß explained. At the midpoint of the season, FCB are top of the league, and are through to the Champions League last sixteen and the DFB Cup quarter-finals, a solid foundation and launch pad for the push for honours through to the end of term. "We're extremely satisfied and very happy indeed with Jupp," club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told FCB.tv.

The oldest of the current crop of Bundesliga coaches receives nothing but praise wherever you turn. Bayern vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger was nothing but positive when he spoke to fcbayern.de. "Jupp always keeps his cool and sense of perspective. He's also exceptionally knowledgeable, and really good at putting himself in a player's shoes." The boss enjoys an outstanding relationship with his players, the Germany international confirmed. His team-mate Toni Kroos confirmed the fact: "Jupp is on a really good wavelength with the team. He knows when to praise you, and when to push."

Exceptional start, dip in November

Heynckes himself is almost exclusively positive when looking back over the last six months. "My team played some extraordinarily good football for long spells," he remarked. Between August and October, FCB contested 12 competitive fixtures without conceding a goal, setting a new club record. The Allianz Arena routinely witnessed festivals of attacking football, both in the league and in European competition.

"But then we had a short dip," the Munich supremo noted. There were consecutive Bundesliga defeats to Dortmund and Mainz in November, "but that's in the nature of things. You'll never manage an entire season at a consistently high level," the coach said. "But overall, we've hit the targets we set ourselves so far."

Search for perfection

The emphasis is on the phrase "so far", because Heynckes is well aware that the real challenges lie ahead. "In the second half of the season, we have to play with the same élan, continue to improve, and aim for perfection." The meticulous tactician and hard worker is in no mood to let up. Heynckes is aiming high with Bayern, true to the philosophy that praise is nice, but trophies are better. And to take the DFB Cup as an example: despite his nearly 600 matches as a coach, Heynckes has never won it.
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