JOSHUA KIMMICH believes a ‘feeling of invincibility’ helped Bayern Munich to be crowned European champions for the sixth time.
The 25-year-old defender praised the belief instilled by boss Hansi Flick who has overseen a remarkable transformation in fortunes, having only initially been given the job on an interim basis in November last year.
‘I can’t describe what it means to be on the pitch with a team like this one,’ said Kimmich after Bayern added the Champions League to an eighth straight Bundesliga crown that looked unlikely until Flick replaced Niko Kovac.
‘Winning a title like that, with brothers, is the best you can achieve. Hansi Flick has given us a very good feeling in the camp and a lot of confidence right from the off.
‘Each victory has given us more and more confidence.
‘When you make mistakes, someone else makes up for them.’
On their performance in the final, which saw Kingsley Coman’s 59th-minute header defeat Paris Saint-Germain, Kimmich said: ‘We weren’t without mistakes but we had a slight feeling of invincibility. I think we deserved to win this competition.’
Bayern may have put seven past Tottenham in north London last October and beaten Barcelona 8-2 in the quarter-finals but they were indebted to captain Manuel Neuer’s goalkeeping brilliance in the Lisbon final.
Striker Thomas Muller said: ‘We’ve been on a journey, we’ve come relatively far from how we felt in the autumn, and went on a run that was sensational.
‘We have the team spirit — the boys are ready to toil.
‘We also rode our luck and had Manuel Neuer between the sticks.
‘It wasn’t our best game but we hung in there, and now we’re on top.’