The general director of Bayern Munich, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, on Friday asked the club’s sports management to “close ranks” for the end of the season, in the face of frequent criticism and internal tensions.
“We have to close ranks, work together in a harmonious, loyal and professional way. This is what I have asked, bluntly, of the sports management. It is what has always distinguished Bayern,” Rummenigge told the Bild newspaper.
For several weeks, the club’s situation has been clouded by complicated relations and disagreements between the coach, Hansi Flick, and the sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, especially around the transfer policy.
The last episode of the soap opera was the announcement of the non-extension to the end of the season of the contract of the German defender of the world champion in 2014, Jérôme Boateng, of the liking of Flick and which he has recovered for the team.
Faced with this climate of tension, Flick refused on each occasion to talk about his continuity at the club next season.
On the other hand, the name of Flick sounds like the main favorite to replace Joachim Löw at the head of the German team after the European Championship in June.
“We must end this issue! It is not necessary to remove it all the time, especially when we are in the final stretch of the season, first in the Bundesliga with a 7-point advantage, and that we still have a chance to qualify in the League of Champions, despite the 2-3 defeat against PSG, “explained Rummenigge.
“We need peace of mind and focus on the fundamentals,” he added.
Before traveling to Paris on Tuesday for the return of the Champions League, the league leaders host Union Berlin on Saturday.
With seven points ahead of second-placed Leipzig, Flick will be able to rotate among potential starters with the second leg in Paris in mind. From the outset, he will not be able to count on Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry, Niklas Süle and Leon Goretzka in the Champions League.
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