Lagos coach Hansi Flick can understand the request for a change from midfielder Thiago after seven years at Bayern Munich. “As a person and an athlete, I can understand Thiago,” said Flick of “Sport Bild” (Wednesday). “He wants a new challenge, which I think the Premier League should be.” The Spaniard is “a very important player for us who gives the team that little something,” said the 55-year-old coach.
He is sure Thiago will be fully focused on the Champions League finals for now, despite his willingness to change. The Munich team will meet FC Barcelona in the quarter-finals in Lisbon on Friday. In the event of departures of German football record champions, Flick calls for more newcomers. “If we lose players in this class – Thiago, Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Perisic, whose future is not clear – then we have to replace this quality,” he said.
In Lisbon, Flick believes Bundesliga rivals RB Leipzig with coach Julian Nagelsmann will surprise him, and he also greatly appreciates Parisian coach Thomas Tuchel. “He’s doing a remarkable job,” said the former assistant coach of the German national team. Jürgen Klopp is “one of the best coaches in the world, despite his knockout in the round of 16 with Liverpool. He has been successful for years, it’s an incredible quality, he deserves all the rewards.”