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Atletico’s stopper admits not knowing Bayern’s gaffer Hansi Flick

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Ahead of their Champions League clash on Wednesday, Atletico Madrid goalkeeper admired Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick.

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak revealed that he did not comprehend who Hansi Flick was before Bayern Munich.

Evidently, Bayern will battle against Atletico in Group A along with Lokomotiv Moscow and Red Bull Salzburg. Subsequently, the German side will look to repeat their triumph from the season 2019-20.

The Bavarian giants became the first club to win all the games of the Champions League campaign. Eventually, Bayern beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 to treble glory lifting their sixth trophy in history.

Moreover, after replacing Niko Kovac in 2019, Flick managed to win all the domestic competitions.

Furthermore, the 55-year-old received a permanent stay at Allianz Arena for three-years.

Nonetheless, Flick previously was under the main boss for Germany and Red Bull Salzburg as an assistant coach. Also, he played for Bayern for five years during his football career.

Words of admiration.

Although in spite of all that Flick has done, Oblak did not know about the Bayern boss before his arrival at the club.

Though, Oblak admires the German tactician for his achievements in the last season.

The Atletico man received questions regarding Flick vs Diego Simeone on the big stage on Wednesday.

He told Bild: “I actually didn’t know him, I have to admit that. But now, of course, everyone around the world knows him.”

“He has won all the titles that could be won. He did great.”

Oblak added on Simeone’s intimidating persona in the Atletico dugout: “On the outside, it might look like you should be afraid of him. But nobody has to be afraid of Diego.

“He’s a normal guy, helps the players a lot, explains what he does on the sidelines, he primarily wants to motivate the players – and the fans in the stadium.”

Bayern will host Atletico in the second game of the group stage in Germany. Therefore, Oblak admired the German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for his award-winning performances.

“He’s the captain, he’s one of the most important players for Bayern,” said Oblak. “When Neuer is in good shape, he helps the team an incredible amount.

“I can only say good things about Neuer.”