Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp claims Bayern were “lucky” in their Champions League triumph
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reckons Bayern Munich have been a “little lucky”.
The Bavarians won the Champions League and completed the treble with a 1-0 win over PSG on Sunday, taking the crown away from the Reds who beat Tottenham in the final last season.
Klopp’s side were beaten home and away by Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the competition this season, and he would no doubt have been disappointed in that result after consecutive finals.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss has since offered his thoughts on the newly crowned champions, and he has suggested that they might have had some of the odds in their favour.
“It is difficult to write more history in eight months,” Klopp told ZDF.
“[Bayern were] a little lucky that, amid all the chaos with schedules, their schedule was best suited to the Champions League.
“At the moment 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.”
Liverpool will be keen to reclaim their crown when the new Champions League season begins, and their manager will take their recent disappointment in Europe into the new campaign.
The German said after their defeat at home to Atletico: “I am completely happy with the performance. It’s so difficult to play a side like this.
“I don’t understand with the quality they have the football they play. They could play proper football but they stand deep and have counter-attacks.
“We accept it, of course, but it doesn’t feel right tonight. I realise I am a really bad loser, especially when the boys put such an effort in against world-class players on the other side who defend with two rows of four.
“We know in the past two years we had some lucky moments in the Champions League – you have to to reach two finals – but today everything was against us in the decisive moments.”
With skipper Jordan Henderson then adding: “We put everything into that game so we are bitterly disappointed, especially with the goals we conceded.
“All we can focus on is our performance level, and to have conceded those goals isn’t like us. We’re disappointed but we’ll take it on the chin.
“For the rest of today and tomorrow it won’t feel nice, but we have to use it to help us finish the season strong.”