After Turkish delight, Heynckes targets treble for Bayern

Coach Jupp Heynckes is now targeting a treble with Bayern on course to retain the Bundesliga title, having also reached the German Cup semi-finals.
Coach Jupp Heynckes is now targeting a treble with Bayern on course to retain the Bundesliga title, having also reached the German Cup semi-finals. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISTANBUL • Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes said his side were hungry to complete a treble this season, after they thrashed Besiktas 8-1 on aggregate to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Bayern eased past the Turkish side 3-1 in the second leg on Wednesday to complete a resounding last-16 victory for the German Bundesliga champions.

It was a record 11th straight win in the competition for Heynckes, who led Bayern to the title in 2013 before retiring only to return this term as caretaker.

The 72-year-old, who commended Besiktas and their fans, said it had been far from straightforward for his team despite the aggregate score.

"Even though the first match was 5-0, it was not easy. It is normal for the team to relax from time to time and now show the desired performance, but we scored eight goals in two games of the round of 16 and this shows how good a team we are," he told reporters.

Heynckes, who said he had no preference for his side's next opponents with the quarter-final draw today, is now targeting a treble with Bayern on course to retain the Bundesliga title, having also reached the German Cup semi-finals.

"Of course we are hungry (to complete a treble). We want the Champions League, we are very determined, and we also want the German Cup. However, we need to first focus on the target ahead of us," he added.

Bayern could secure their sixth consecutive Bundesliga title at the weekend. They face RB Leipzig on Sunday and will be crowned champions with a victory should their nearest rivals, Schalke and Borussia Dortmund, draw or lose their respective matches.

The only negative for Heynckes on Wednesday was an injury suffered by midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who was taken off early with a suspected ankle problem after scoring his team's first goal.

"If his injury is serious, that would be very upsetting for us, but I am always optimistic and I hope it is not too serious," the Bayern coach said.

An own goal by Besiktas' Gokhan Gonul and a goal for Bayern's Sandro Wagner on his Champions League debut settled the game, while Vagner Love grabbed a consolation for the Turks.

Besiktas boss Senol Gunes praised Bayern, while criticising his players for making "costly mistakes".

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2018, with the headline 'After Turkish delight, Heynckes targets treble for Bayern'. Print Edition | Subscribe