If you’ve been aware of the recent happenings at Bayern Munich, you would know that Bayern alum Lothar Matthäus has called out the board for being liars on the dismissal of Julian Nagelsmann, especially club CEO Oliver Kahn. Well, Der Titan wasn’t having any of it and shared his side of the story in an interview on BILD TV (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia):
“(Bayern sporting director) Hasan Salihamidžić and I told the truth about everyone in the process. I don’t know what Lothar says, hears or feels. After his career, Lothar became a kind of chief critic of German football and he’s now doing that on all channels. However, there are limits not to be exceeded. Now he has said that we had trampled on the “Mia San Mia”. To this day I don’t know exactly what he means by that.
“It’s only when you criticize the chief critic himself that you realize he can’t handle it at all and gets carried away to such baseless and styleless statements. That’s Lothar and he probably won’t change either.
“Hasan and I have always told the truth. And these allegations by Lothar won’t change that. And again: There was this leak and we regretted that too. We couldn’t do anything about it. We didn’t want to share this decision with Julian over the phone. Because that would be unprofessional in our opinion. If Lothar would have done it that way, then it’s his business.”
Former club president Uli Hoeneß also chimed in and said that the former midfielder needs to back up his statements. “I don’t see a problem for FC Bayern, but rather for Lothar Matthäus. He has to prove what he’s saying,” Uli said (from kicker’s Frank Linkesch via @iMiaSanMia).
Current president Herbert Hainer said that it’s all too easy to criticize from the sidelines, away from the events itself. “It’s relatively easy to criticize when you’re on the sidelines. We had lost the top of the table and in two months we lost a 10-point lead over Dortmund. Something can’t be right,” said Hainer (Abendzeitung’s Maximilian Koch through @iMiaSanMia).
Of course, Lothar isn’t one to go down without a fight and replied to Kahn’s statements by maintaining his stance that the 2001 Champions League winner was dishonest with the situation. “Some people have texted me that he is lying and I also believe that he is not telling the truth,” Lothar retorted (T-Online’s Julian Buhl as captured by @iMiaSanMia).