The boss strikes back!
A few hours after Manuel Neuers Interviews with “The Athletic” and the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” became public, Oliver Kahn (53) spoke up!
When asked by the German Press Agency, the CEO said: “What Manuel said in parts of these two interviews in connection with Toni Tapalovic’s release does not do justice to him as captain or to the values of FC Bayern. In addition, his statements come at the wrong time because we have very important games ahead of us.”
According to BILD information, the Bayern bosses coldly surprised by the Neuer interview. The interview double whammy in “The Athletic” and “SZ” was not authorized by the club (as with Philipp Lahm in 2010, when he defended coach van Gaal against the club management).
When asked about Neuer’s motives, Kahn said: “He is 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 that was not taken lightly when it came to the question of the goalkeeping coach was the best thing for our team at that moment.
Why does it go? In the interviews, Neuer had sharply criticized the end of goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic (42). “It was a blow for me – when I was already on the ground. I felt like my heart was being ripped out. That was the most brutal thing I’ve experienced in my career. And I’ve experienced a lot. Everyone in our goalie squad was ripped to pieces. People burst into tears,” said the Bayern captain.
Kahn compares them Neuer statements about his own career: “In 2004, as a national player, I faced a similar situation. Our goalkeeper coach Sepp Maier felt badly treated by the DFB and they separated. I had worked with Sepp for years and we had a friendly and trusting relationship.”
In conclusion, he says: “I was disappointed at the time too, and I was angry at the DFB. But the common goals were in the foreground for me. They were more important to me than my personal feelings. And that’s why I decided at the time not to speak publicly. Manuel has now done the opposite.”
Kahn also announces talks with the injured goalkeeper. “We will speak to him very clearly about this.”