Oliver Kahn reacted a few hours after Manuel Neuer’s explosive interview became known and relativized and countered the statements on behalf of FC Bayern Munich.
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The dpa The CEO explained: “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 are facing very important games .”
As the Picture reported, the people of Munich were surprised by the interview. As already suspected, this was not authorized by the club. “He’s personally affected, you have to understand that a bit,” added Kahn: “We were also aware of that when we explained to him that the decision that was not taken lightly on the question of the goalkeeper coach at that moment was the best for our team was.”
Manuel Neuer had in conversation with the Süddeutsche Zeitung and The Athletic sharply criticized the dismissal of Toni Tapalovic and chose drastic words. “It was a blow for me when I was already on the ground. I had the feeling that my heart was being ripped out,” said the 2014 world champion, among other things.
“I was in a similar situation as a national player in 2004,” Kahn said understandingly: “Our goalkeeping coach Sepp Maier felt badly treated by the DFB and they split up. I had worked with Sepp for years and we had a friendly and trusting relationship. ” At the time he was also disappointed and angry at the DFB: “But the common goals were my priority. They were more important to me than my personal feelings. And that’s why I decided at the time not to express myself publicly. Manuel has now done the opposite.”
It is currently unclear whether there will be a penalty for Neuer. “We will talk to him about it very clearly,” announced the former goalkeeping titan.