After Hasan Salihamidzic, Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn has now also clearly criticized Serge Gnabry’s trip to Paris last weekend.
“If I know that it’s not the best time, then I have to go on the pitch, score three goals and be the best man – that would be my answer to a topic like that,” said Kahn before Bayern’s 1-1 draw Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday evening sky: “We now simply expect performance – and we demand it”.
At the same time, Kahn believes that the talks between the club’s management and Gnabry in the past few days have led to the 27-year-old national player rethinking. “We discussed that with Serge, Hasan spoke to him and made it clear. I think he understood.”
Gnabry traveled to Paris on his day off for Fashion Week last weekend after a 1-1 draw against RB Leipzig. In the following match against 1. FC Köln, the striker then showed a below-average performance and was substituted by coach Julian Nagelsmann at half-time.
Immediately after the poor performance against Cologne, sports director Salihamidzic had already sharply criticized Gnabry. “It’s amateurish. Exactly what we don’t want, what Bayern Munich isn’t. Doing some exercise instead of resting,” the 46-year-old rumbled. “A day off is for resting so that you can step on the gas for the next game. We’ll talk about that.”
In the game against Frankfurt, Gnabry was not initially on the pitch. Nagelsmann justified this with “sporting things”. “For me, it’s always about the effect, not about any kind of external punishment,” said the Bayern coach. In the 70th minute, Gnabry came on for goal scorer Leroy Sané, but had no more significant actions.