Bayern Munich Players Never Really Loved Guardiola ~ Matthaus
The former Bayern skipper believes it will be impossible for the 44-year-old to remain focused on the job in hand now he has revealed his plans come the end of the season
Lothar Matthaus has launched a stinging attack on Pep Guardiola, claiming there has never been any real connection between the former Barcelona manager and Bayern Munich’s superstar players.
Guardiola confirmed on Monday he will move to the Premier League at the end of the season when his current contract expires, and Goal understands he is set to replace Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City.
The 44-year-old is on course to retain the Bundesliga title and his side are among the favourites to win the Champions League, but Matthaus claims Bayern’s players will not be unhappy to see the back of Guardiola who he believes is in for a difficult few months as the end of his tenure draws closer.
The former Bayern skipper told SportBild: “Guardiola can say what he wants: The squad planning for Manchester City is too important. He cannot possibly be 100 percent focussed on the job in hand at Bayern on his mind. That’s a dangerous situation to be in.
“Guardiola will have five difficult moths in Munich.”
“I don’t want to beat around the bush: There never was true love between Guardiola and the Bayern players. His hugs? It was all a big show.”
Mario Gotze is the most high-profile player to have struggled to come to terms with the demands of Guardiola’s management style and Matthaus claimed the German World Cup winning hero will benefit from playing under a coach more renowned for their motivational skills.
He added: “Gotze needs a coach, who not only hugs him sometimes, but who is serious about this as well like Jürgen Klopp.
“Gotze’s qualities are undisputed, but apparently he needs to have the team built around him if he is to show them. This is similar with Franck Ribery, who often quarrels with Guardiola as well.”