- Vidal inspirational in second half of season as Bayern march towards title.
- Celebrates his first Bundesliga title in his first season with the Bavarians.
- Words of praise for Pep Guardiola and excited to work with Carlo Ancelotti.
Although he was aiming to secure a treble in his first season at FC Bayern München, Arturo Vidal admitted that lifting the DFB Cup next Saturday against Borussia Dortmund would be a thoroughly satisfying way to sign off his first season with the Bavarians before heading to the Copa America Centenario this summer.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Vidal discussed the Copa America, the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti as Bayern coach and the DFB Cup final...
Question: Arturo, how happy are you to win the title in your first year back in the Bundesliga?
Vidal: My main aim was always to win the Bundesliga and next week we have the German Cup final. The Champions League may have eluded us this time around, but I hope we win the treble next season.
Question: And how happy are you to be the first Chilean to win the Bundesliga?
Vidal: Yes, that's something I heard and saw. I’m happy about it. It’s something important. I could have been champion with [Bayer 04] Leverkusen, but I came back here and I am now. Obviously, I won four titles in a row in Italy, so I’m really happy now [to have done it again]. I hope to keep it up!
Question: How do you judge this season from a personal point of view?
Vidal: It’s been a great season. I’ve really grown as a player here by playing in such a good team - a team that is, for me, the best in the world. At the start it was tough as it was different to Italian football, but I ended the season at 100 per cent as a champion and with the Copa America still to come. That’s something that makes me very happy.
Question: First you've got the DFB Cup final and then you'll be heading to the national side. How are you going to cope with the quick turnaround?
Vidal: There’s not much time to rest, but I’ll have three or four days [after the DFB Cup final] of rest and re-gaining my energy for the Copa America. We have to show what made us the best side in the Americas last time out. We can’t rest any players. The Chile national team has to get used to winning trophies. We have to have the best players on the pitch in every tournament and every game.
Question: Charles Aranguiz is also back in form and playing well. He's going to be important in the Copa America, isn't he?
Vidal: Yes, definitely. The important thing for Charles is that he keeps scoring, that he keeps playing because he’s a really important player for us and for his club. Obviously I hope it continues to go well for him in Leverkusen and that he can be at his best right from the off next season.
Question: And how would you judge the season for Bayern?
Vidal: I'm really happy with how things have gone. I’m not 100 per cent happy because my aim at the start of the season was very ambitious and to try to win all three trophies. The Champions League eluded me, but coming into the best team in the world and earning my spot was really difficult - not many manage it.
Question: And with regards to the future, Carlo Ancelotti is coming in. He wanted to sign you when he was in charge at Real Madrid CF, how do you judge his arrival?
Vidal: It's good. There were a few times when we could have worked together, and I hope now we can work well together to achieve the objectives we have for the future.
Question: And how do you judge Pep Guardiola as a coach? What have you learned from him?
Vidal: I learnt a lot from Guardiola. He’s a coach who really studies the game, who explains things very well and that’s why he’s one of the best coaches in the world. I have a very high opinion of him and I hope he succeeds at Manchester City.