Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has argued that the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to Bayern Munich’s triumph in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League competition.
The Bundesliga giants emerged victoriously over Ligue 1 giants Paris-Saint Germain in a very tight final encounter with Kingsley Coman scoring the only goal of the game and eventual winner with a header before the hour mark.
The victory ensured that the Bavarian giants ended the season with a 21-match winning streak that began in mid-February. The coach of the side, Hansi Flick has been heaped with praises for his significant impact after coming in to replace Niko Kovac.
However, in an interview with ZDF, Klopp who previously managed Bayern’s rivals Borussia Dortmund congratulated the club but suggested that they got a little lucky in the Champions League as Liverpool forcefully surrendered their European title.
He noted that Bayern had the fortune of playing 14 matches between the resumption of the Bundesliga and the UCL final while PSG played just 4 games between July 24 and the final.
‘It is difficult to write more history in eight months,’ Klopp said of Bayern’s triumph.
‘Germany has also been a little lucky that, amid all the chaos with schedules, their schedule was best suited to the Champions League.
‘At the moment they are 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.’
‘It was like this for us: Premier League over, take a short two-week break and then the next worries come,’ he added. ‘How do you hit the ground running next season?’
Meanwhile, the Reds will begin their 2020/21 Premier League campaign against newly-promoted Leeds United at Anfield before traveling to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. They’ll return to face Arsenal at Anfield and this will be less than a month after both sides have faced off in the Community Shield.