Following Bayern Munich's victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, sporting director Matthias Sammer was very critical of the Spanish federation (RFEF) and their handling of the call-ups for both Javi Martinez and Thiago Alcantara for the midweek internationals.
Spain won a match in Ecuador 2-0 on Wednesday night. The two players did not make it back to Munich until late Thursday evening.
"Javi came back in a state - I just don't understand what the Spanish FA are trying to do. The invitations to play came incredibly late and then we also learnt quite late when our players would come back. That is no way to deal with each other!"
Thiago made an appearance as a second half substitute while Martinez didn't even make the trip to Frankfurt. Martinez reportedly had nothing left in the tank to take part in any match over the weekend. The FC Bayern website states that Martinez, along with Claudio Pizarro and Jan Kirchhoff, took part in fitness exercises on Sunday.
Now, I love the international game. It's part of the reason that I fell in love with this game. However, it is absolutely imperative that the national federations and club teams work together to form a balanced union with the players. That is the basis of this issue between Sammer and the RFEF. Hopefully, in the future, both sides will work on their communication and solve these situations before they become troublesome issues.