The Switzerland coach revealed the competitive nature of the Bavarians' new sporting director, as he believes the club will bounce back after last season's disappointmentsBayern Munich’s new sporting director Matthias Sammer hates to lose matches.
The Switzerland manager worked with the former European Footballer of the Year during his time at Borussia Dortmund, and outlined the competitive nature of the ex-Germany international as the new Bundesliga season looms.
"He has a strong will and an endless ambition to win the title,” Hitzfeld told Bild. “For him, there is nothing worse than being second or losing games.
"He's changed. Earlier, when I coached him, he was a hothead, he plotted as a player and was already thinking like a coach. It was not always easy with him, but it was fruitful.”
Hitzfeld also feels Sammer and current Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes could form an effective working partnership, in much the same was as he and honorary president Uli Hoeness developed during the early part of the decade.
"I can imagine that the cooperation between Heynckes and Sammer will bear fruit as it has between me and Uli Hoeness,” he continued.
"He [Sammer] has an absolute greed to win the title, yes. He has a tremendous will and tremendous self-confidence – it’s the same with Bayern.”
The coming campaign represents an important time for the Bavarian club, after Borussia Dortmund won the domestic double, whilst Chelsea edged them out on penalties in the Champions League final in May, prolonging Bayern’s wait for a trophy.
Hitzfeld conceded that the club is under pressure to deliver next season, but he remains confident they will avoid a three-year wait for the Bundesliga title.
"The team is under great pressure, they are indebted to the club and the fans,”the 63-year-old said.
“Selfishness must now be put aside for success. Dortmund has overtaken Bayern but I honestly do not think that they can go a third season without being named champions.”
He also underlined the importance of Mario Gomez to the side, suggesting that strength in depth up front was partly to blame for Bayern’s failure to land any silverware.
"It takes a strong striker, even on the bench. That was missing last year. But Gomez is ready and will handle it well," he added.
There have been question marks over the mental strength of midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, after Germany’s semi-final defeat in Euro 2012 followed so closely on from Bayern’s own end-of-season capitulation.
However, the former striker feels that under Heynckes’ leadership, the “world class” 27-year-old will quickly bounce back.
"He [Schweinsteiger] will now recover, and return to his former glory,” he noted. “He is world class. But it takes a little time.
“Last season was bitter for him; you cannot just shake that off. There is no switch with which you can just put things aside. Heynckes will raise it up in conversation again.”