“Robbery” used to simply dazzle Bayern Munich supporters with goals and assists.
Now, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery continue to make headlines for reasons other than sterling play.
In the wake of Carlo Ancelotti’s dismissal as Bayern Munich manager, Robben reportedly criticized the Italian’s training methods as below the standard of his son, who plays on youth team comprised of 11 to 13 year olds.
The Dutch winger is literally calling “bulls**t” on being linked to any such assertions.
"All of a sudden there are things appearing in the media that I would like to distance myself from. These so-called quotes are bulls**t," Robben told Dutch outlet NUsport via Goal.com. "I hate it when things like this happen. I am the last person out there who would have a go at a coach, a fellow player or anyone else. You have to be a man when someone leaves and don't hit out at anyone."
Ancelotti was removed following Bayern's 3-0 defeat to PSG in the Champions League last week amid reports of player unrest, reportedly with Robben among a five-player cabal turning against the Italian.
Former Bayern and Germany defender Markus Babbel has hit out at Ribery, saying the French winger still sees himself on the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Ribery, who is out after suffering a serious knee ligament injury against Hertha Berlin on Sunday, needs to recognize he is closer to the end of his career rather than the beginning of it, Babbel told Sky 90 via Goal.com
"Franck Ribery has not scored a goal in the Champions League in the last two years," Babbel said. "He still sees himself on the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. But the truth is different. The truth is when it matters, he is not there. It is a bit annoying for me that the whole thing is now shifted to Carlo Ancelotti. Ribery has great merits for the club and has been a fantastic player. But this position he once held is one he cannot now fulfill in my eyes."
Babbel, who won three Bundesliga titles with Bayern from 1994-2000, also criticized Ribery for throwing his shirt into the substitutes' bench when he was replaced during last month's home Champions League win over Anderlecht.
"This is an absolute no-go for me," added Babbel, who is the current manager of Swiss side, FC Luzern. "The club would have had to react — but this is exactly the problem. If Franck Ribery is offended, he calls Uli Hoeness and then you have already lost as a coach. For me, some Bayern players live too much in the past. We were world champions, we won the Champions League many times.
"But it is about the actual state of the team and I would be very surprised if Carlo Ancelotti did not recognize this and set his team up accordingly [against PSG]."