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FC Bayern Munich: Explosive at FC Bayern: Hoeneß wedges against Süle, Kahn’s Basta for Lewandowski


Hoeneß takes the players of the record champions to task and especially criticizes Niklas Süle. Lewandowski’s desire to change remains the ongoing theme.

One of the most important rules at FC Bayern is: If Uli Hoeneß has to intervene, it becomes clear and potentially uncomfortable for those addressed. On Sunday, on the sidelines of the Munich championship celebrations, the time had come: while the players presented the bowl to their fans for the first time in two years, the honorary president kicked at the players of the record champions. “With us, the coach or the sports director is always held accountable,” said the 70-year-old in the direction of Julian Nagelsmann or Hasan Salihamidzic, who were recently publicly scolded. Especially with Salihamidzic, whom Hoeneß demonstratively embraced at the celebration, the Bayern patron identified a “hunt”. On the other hand, it is clear “that we have had a few players with us since Christmas who, on the whole, have not played well”.

That has to be analyzed. “And you have to put more pressure on the players you mean – and maybe you were too smart there.” Hoeneß found particularly clear words in the direction of the retiring Niklas Süle. The central defender, who joins Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer, decided not to be part of the squad for the last game of the season in Wolfsburg. This in turn aroused the displeasure of Hoeneß. “It doesn’t speak well for the player. If he speaks of appreciation, then I would say he didn’t appreciate the club. I found this action catastrophic.” After the final whistle in Wolfsburg, coach Nagelsmann said about Süle: “We asked him if he still wanted to come and he said not because he hadn’t prepared for it.”

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The Lewandowski theme dominates everything at FC Bayern

Above all, the number one topic is still hovering these days: Robert Lewandowski. The Pole, who was supposed to be persuaded to stay with the fans chanting “Lewa, stay” at the championship celebrations, seems willing to want to push through his departure from FC Bayern this summer.

And that despite the fact that CEO Oliver Kahn wanted to stifle the discussion, at least temporarily, with a word of power. With a reference to the world footballer’s contract, which runs until 2023, Kahn said: “He will fulfill this contract – basta!” However, there is much to suggest that this “Basta” is primarily a price tag. TV expert Marcel Reif sees it that way too Bild said: “That’s what everyone responsible for Bayern has to say, so that Lewandowski and his advisor know: it won’t be that easy.” According to Reif, Bayern only signaled the following to Lewandowski with their Basta: “You have an idea, we have a contract. Your idea has to be very, very good so that we say: Go.” In any case, the bar for a possible departure of Lewandowski is set very high. Sky expert Lothar Matthäus is excited. “If he still leaves, it will be embarrassing for Bayern,” said the record national player.

A high transfer fee for Lewandowski alone would not be enough to calm the waves around the club. A sonorous name as a substitute will also be necessary. Stuttgart’s Sasa Kalajdzic alone, to whom Bayern have probably made contact, will not be enough. Whether Lewandowski will still be there at the start of training on July 8 seems to be questionable. (with dpa)

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