Bayern Munich have won more trophies – six – then they have lost games – five – since Hansi Flick became their coach.
Yet there is no time for the best team on the planet to celebrate the latest silverware from the Club World Cup as a relentless season continues.
Bayern returned home on Friday with the trophy, a sixth title in a row, but there were also some disturbances around their otherwise successful week-long trip to Qatar.
The team got stuck at Berlin airport after not being allowed to take off post-midnight for Doha a week ago, prompting a sharp reaction from chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge which then led to criticism being heaped back on Bayern.
Rummenigge’s midweek statements that footballers should perhaps have access to coronavirus vaccinations to encourage those reluctant to get the jab also drew a fierce backlash.
The virus was very prominent with Leon Goretzka and Javi Martinez not part of the squad after testing positive, and forward Thomas Muller then missed the final after also testing positive for the coronavirus in Qatar.
But Bayern were undeterred and overcame the absence of Muller, and of Jerome Boateng, who returned to Germany on Wednesday for personal reasons, to beat Mexico’s Tigres UANL 1-0 and lift the trophy.
It was the remarkable conclusion of a period during which they’ve won six trophies and lost only five games from the 68 played since Hansi Flick took over as coach in November 2019.
The Barcelona class of 2008-09, under coach Pep Guardiola and featuring Lionel Messi in his pomp, are the only other team to win the league, domestic cup, Champions League, domestic and European Super Cup, and the Club World Cup in one season.
Guardiola, who coached Bayern 2013-2016 and won no international silverware with them before moving on to Manchester City, was among those to congratulate them.
“Big congratulations to the whole Bayern family for this incredible success,” Guardiola said in a video on social media.
He also quipped: “Maybe I can call Messi and company and we can play for the seventh title. Tell me when and where, and we will be there.”
National team coach Joachim Low saluted the success the team has enjoyed under his former assistant Flick, while star striker Robert Lewandowski also delighted in the “six-pack” of trophies which he called “a great story for Bayern and the whole of football.”
Flick gave his players Friday and Saturday off but, in a relentless schedule, the leaders face a Monday night Bundesliga match in probably freezing conditions at lowly Arminia Bielefeld.
Their Champions League last-16 tie with Italy’s Lazio is also less than two weeks away.
“The game was at the limit for all of us, for me as well on the touchline,” Flick said.