The former Germany international has nothing but praise for the Bayern trainer, and added that the two have an excellent relationship
The former Borussia Dortmund star has stressed that the 67-year-old is respected not just at the Allianz Arena, but elsewhere as well, and added they have an excellent relationship.
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"We have an outstanding relationship. I do not know if the coach will like this, but he could be my dad. I am enthralled by the way he thinks about football.
"As I said, the basics are in place, or I would not have come. If you want a relationship based on trust and the head coach doesn't want it, it can't work.
"But for all this, I don't believe we will win every game this season. There will be situations where we have to put up a united front."
Heynckes took charge of Bayern in the summer of 2011, and guided them to the final of the Champions League, which they lost against Chelsea.