After Bayern Munich roared into life under Hansi Flick and crushed the opposition, no one is laughing anymore at sporting director, now executive director of sport, Hasan Salihamidzic. In an interview with Bild, Salihamidzic discussed his erstwhile critics and image.

Asked whether he felt vindicated after his third championship in his three years as sporting director, Salihamidzic said, “I don’t concern myself with what others believe they can judge. I work for Bayern Munich. I have a plan. We have success. We are building something. There’s nothing better.”

Salihamidzic said he never doubted on the Bundesliga championship, even in early November when coach Niko Kovac resigned. “Of course (I believed). I know how much quality our team has. The boys showed a really good mentality and came back. I telephoned with Niko by the way: he was very happy about the championship.”

To those who claim Bayern Munich wins the league only because of weak competition, Salihamidzic insists on the work that the club and players put into their profession: