Bayern Munich stars closed for Ibiza trip after defeat
18 May 2022 | 08:31 | Football
Polish striker Robert Lewandowski (C) of Bayern Munich celebrates scoring the winning goal to make it 2-1 during the German Bundesliga first division match between 1 FSV Mainz 05 and FC Bayern Munich in Mainz, western Germany on April 30, 2022. (Photo by Daniel Volland/AFP)
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich were criticized for their two-day “team building” trip to Ibiza last weekend shortly after Saturday’s shock loss to Mainz.
A week after winning the Bundesliga title for the 10th consecutive season, Bayern lost 3-1 at home in the middle of the Mainz group, the team also went into the net to pick up the ball 4 times in a well-deserved victory.
Immediately after the game, much of the Bayern squad flew to the Spanish island of Ibiza for a two-day break on Sunday and Monday, which sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic sanctioned as a “team-building measure” sleep”.
German legend and former Bayern midfielder Lothar Matthaeus told Sky he feels that the trip to the party island “is not profitable. Especially after a game like that. ”
Matthaeus, the 1990 World Cup winner, said that reflected badly on the players, as did Salihamidzic and CEO Oliver Kahn.
He pointed out that Bayern fans were so angry about the loss’s form, “then the players go on vacation”.
Matthaeus thinks Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann should be “tougher” and vetoed the trip.
According to reports, not all of Bayern’s squad have eight players out, including captain Manuel Neuer, Thomas Mueller, who is ill, Kingsley Coman, Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer.
Veteran Bundesliga coach Felix Magath, who led Bayern to consecutive championships in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, says the timing was wrong.
“I would not allow such a trip,” he said.
“I don’t know how a team can say: ‘For us, the season isn’t over, we’re ending three weeks early.”
The 68-year-old military leader is currently in charge of the struggling Bundesliga team Hertha Berlin, with special interest in Bayern’s form.
Stuttgart, one place behind Hertha in the table and also fighting to avoid relegation, will meet Bayern in Munich this Sunday.
Salihamidzic has promised that Bayern will put on a good show for their final home game of the season.
“It is clear that our players will give their all against Stuttgart to give the fans a nice end to the season as champions in their own stadium with a win. .”
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