Manuel Neuer has clearly criticized Bayern Munich. The expulsion of his goalkeeper coach Toni Tapalovic “ripped his heart out”. CEO Oliver Kahn reacted.
“For me it was a blow when I was already on the ground”said Neuer in interviews with the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the portal “The Athletic”. “I had the feeling that my heart was being ripped out. That was the craziest thing I’ve experienced in my career. And I’ve already experienced a lot.”
Separation from Tapalovic after Nagelsmann criticism
In mid-January, FC Bayern had Tapalovic, who switched from Schalke 04 to the record champions together with Neuer in 2011, was surprisingly released. Coach Julian Nagelsmann gave the reason that “there was never a cooperation”.
Neuer cannot understand this reasoning at all,”things have been said that I don’t share.” Despite the differences, he will continue to work with Nagelsmann “work professionally“Newer clarified.
Kahn: “We will talk to him about it very clearly”
Bavaria’s CEO Oliver Kahn criticized Neuer for the statements. “What Manuel said in parts of these two interviews in connection with the release of Toni Tapalovic does neither justice to him as captain nor to the values of FC Bayern. In addition, his statements come at an inopportune time because we have very important games ahead of us.”said Kahn on Friday evening at the request of the German Press Agency.
When asked about Neuer’s motives, Kahn said: “He’s personally affected, you have to understand that to a certain extent. We were also aware of that when we explained to him that the decision, not taken lightly, when it came to the question of the goalkeeper coach was the best thing for our team at that moment.” Kahn announced talks with Neuer. “We will talk to him about it very clearly”said Kahn
ski tour? “It was a training session and not a wild frenzy”
The 36-year-old keeper is currently recovering from a broken leg that he suffered on a ski tour on Lake Tegernsee after returning from the World Cup in Qatar. The goalkeeper also commented on this in an interview. It wasn’t about Ischgl, but about his local mountain on Tegernsee.” Instead of a frenzy after “Apricot schnapps consumption“take it with you”for a training session“acted as”Regeneration for body and psyche“.
“One Love” armband: “No matter what decisions you make, you’re doing it wrong”
Looking back at the messed up World Cup, Neuer missed support from home. Instead, “political things had a weighting that we as athletes had never had before“. In the discussion about the “One Love” bandage, which Neuer wanted to wear in Qatar as captain of the DFB-Elf as a signal for diversity and human rights, but was banned at short notice by the world association FIFA, he had the feeling: “No matter what decisions you make, you’re doing it wrong. We were under a lot of pressure.”
Return to Bayern and national team goal hoped
The goalkeeper is convinced that after recovering from his injury, he will return as number one at FC Bayern and in the national team: “When the time comes, I look in the mirror and tell myself the truth, like I always do. If I don’t perform, I’ll vacate the post. But don’t count on it!“
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Source: BR24 03.02.2023 – 18:54