Munich: Bayern Munich returned home to a subdued reception on Monday after winning the Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain in Lisbon the night before.
The club had already warned fans to stay away from Munich airport to avoid the risk of coronavirus transmissions, and said the players and team staff would be whisked away so there would be little chance of fans getting a glimpse of them.
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In the absence of ecstatic crowds, Bavarian state governor Markus Soder greeted coach Hansi Flick and his team on the tarmac after they got off their aircraft.
‘‘This is one of the most impressive Bayern teams that we’ve ever seen,’’ said Soder, a fervent Bayern fan, who touched arms with the players to maintain hygiene standards. ‘‘The whole of Bavaria is proud.’’
Bayern had already won a German league and cup double, so winning Europe’s premier competition ensured just its second treble after it previously achieved the feat under Jupp Heynckes in 2013. It was Bayern’s sixth European Cup after titles in 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001 and 2013.
After winning the Champions League, left-back Alphonso Davies said that one should not give up at any point in life no matter how difficult the dream seems to be.
With Bayern winning the tournament, Davies has become the first Canadian to win the Champions League.
“This one for everyone who’s chasing a dream right now, take it from me do not give up it may seem impossible now but just keep working on your Kraft keep grinding,” Davies tweeted.
The team has just under three weeks to recover before the new season begins with a German Cup first-round game against fifth-tier side FC Duren on September 11. The Bundesliga resumes on September 18 with a home game against Schalke.