Heynckes rejects Special One tag

The 68-year-old has played down comments made about him made by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, saying the likes of firefighters and carers do greater things than him

Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes has brushed aside comments made by CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, after the German legend described him as the club’s very own Special One, referencing Jose Mourinho’s famous self-description.

The Bavarian boss remains on track to taking his side to an unprecedented domestic treble this season, with the DFB-Pokal and Champions League finals on the horizon and the Bundesliga title already won with ease.

The 68-year-old German has played down Rummenigge’s comments, however, and said that public service men and women are the people who deserve such a tag.

“Other people are doing more special things than me,” he told reporters ahead of his side’s Bavarian derby against Augsburg on Saturday at the Allianz Arena.

“Carers, firefighters, ambulance workers, people who sacrifice themselves and soldiers in Afghanistan who have lost their lives or been injured in physically or mentally – these are special people.

“Sure, we have had a special season, which is very satisfying, but I have a more sophisticated view on life.”

Bayern take on Dortmund in the Champions League final at Wembley on May 25 before they face Stuttgart in the DFB-Pokal showcase on June 1 but, regardless of whether die Roten can become the first German team to complete such a treble, Heynckes will be replaced by Pep Guardiola at the end of the season.

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