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Report: Bayern Munich players have a “strained” relationship with the bosses, unhappy with constant criticism

They don’t call this team FC Hollywood for no good reason.

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There’s no sugarcoating what’s painfully obvious. Bayern Munich has had a lackluster season despite what glimpses of brilliance we might’ve seen from them at different stages during the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, and Champions League. Add to that the decision the front office and board made to sack Julian Nagelsmann and replace him with Thomas Tuchel, and the question marks of just where, exactly, the season went wrong extend beyond the players and manager(s) to both the front office and supervisory board.

Blame can be pointed any which way, but there’s no denying how much under the limelight the squad has been through this year’s struggles — including from their own bosses.

Per information from Tz’s Philipp Kessler and Manuel Bonke, as captured by @iMiaSanMia, a handful of players within the squad have grown increasingly unhappy with the constant rate of criticism that’s been lodged at them.

The criticism reportedly intensified significantly after Bayern’s 3-1 loss to RB Leipzig last weekend that put the Meisterschale back into Borussia Dortmund’s hands for the final match week of the season. CEO Oliver Kahn said the team did not play “intelligently” — which may have been right, but didn’t go down well. Relations between the squad and the bosses are reportedly “strained”.

Another source of contention is the lack of backing during periods of media scrutiny. When both Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry were going through difficult spells, they were left to face the music on their own — a departure from the previous era under Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Yet when Julian Nagelsmann was sacked, the mood in the dressing room was held up as one of the contributing factors.

FC Internazionale v FC Bayern München: Group C - UEFA Champions League Photo by Francesco Scaccianoce/Getty Images

In essence, the players have a viewpoint that the club’s front office and board have used them as too much of an excuse for the shortcomings this season. The front office has continuously backed their own decisions, even after a potentially trophy-less season looms.

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