AUGUST 2, 2017 – Bayern Munich’s new Sporting Director, Hasan Salihamidzic, has told the German champions that they must win the Champions League in 2017-18.
Salihamidzic believes that the Bavarians must set their sights higher in the upcoming season, despite winning the last five Bundesliga crowns.
He won six Bundesliga titles with Bayern during his playing career and was confirmed as the club’s new sporting director on Monday.
Salihamidzic maintained that Bayern had a poor outing in last season’s Champions League competition as they fell out in the quarter-finals.
The German giants last won Europe’s premier club competition in 2013, and have watched Real Madrid win three of the subsequent four Champions League titles.
“[The Champions League] is really the target that we have to reach,” Salihamidzic told Goal in an interview before he was presented as Bayern’s sporting director.
“Real Madrid had a great performance in the Champions League in the last four years. They won it three times. That is for us a big thing to do.”
“We don’t want to have a boring Bundesliga,” Salihamidzic said. “Yes, it’s good for Bayern Munich to have a strong Dortmund, [a] strong Leipzig.
“In the end we want to win the Bundesliga, we want to be the champion. But for the fans and for all of us, it’s better if we see tight games, we see good games against teams like that.
“I am happy to see Leipzig or Dortmund with good players and with good performances. Let’s see what happens.”