Lothar Matthäus has renewed his criticism of the trip to Ibiza by some FC Bayern Munich players after the defeat in Mainz.
“No one would have said anything against an evening in a Munich disco, but this action was inappropriate,” wrote Matthäus in his sky-Column: “Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge would never have let the troops fly away for two days after a 1: 3 in Mainz.”
A large part of the team left for a short trip to the holiday island on Saturday. According to sports director Hasan Salihamidzic, the trip was approved. “Last week the players informed us that they would like to spend the two days off training in the group in Ibiza,” he said at the request of the Munich media, adding: “We accepted this as a team-building measure.”
Matthew cannot follow this reasoning. “For me, this is not a team-building measure, but a leisure activity for some professionals. Just the fact that not the whole team was there and even the captain stayed at home shows that this is not about the team. Because otherwise we would be they travel together. And after this season it is also clear that this Bayern team is simply not a real team, “wrote the 61-year-old.
According to picture Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller, Kingsley Coman, Sven Ulreich, Dayot Upamecano and Bouna Sarr did not travel to Ibiza.
Matthäus protects Nagelsmann
Matthäus, who had already criticized the trip on Sunday, defended coach Nagelsmann, who had given the team two days off training before the defeat in Mainz.
“I can very well imagine that Julian Nagelsmann would have liked to cancel this outing. But it would have been very risky for him to put his foot down here without losing a large part of the dressing room afterwards,” wrote Matthäus. “There is a very fine line between the authority of a young Bayern coach who hasn’t had that much success to his credit and the loss of prestige and respect in the team.”
Instead, in his opinion, the club should have taken action and canceled the “so-called team-building measure” after the bankruptcy in Mainz.