Team vacation after the bankruptcy of Mainz
FC Bayern’s “Ibiza affair” outrages Matthäus
May 2, 2022, 1:11 p.m.
The Bundesliga has its “Ibizagate”. After the 1: 3 in Mainz, many Bayern players travel to Ibiza. Sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić describes the short trip as a “team-building measure”, record holder Lothar Matthäus can’t believe it.
The weather could have been a little better. Highs of 21 degrees and light rain were probably not what the FC Bayern players expected from their short trip to Ibiza. And then the stress: Saturday just after the discomfort at FSV Mainz 05 (1:3), return Monday, public training Tuesday at 2 p.m. Sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić downplayed it as a “team-building measure”.
National record holder Lothar Matthäus could only shake his head at this “Ibiza affair”. “It’s not possible after this game,” he told Sky90, “not just because of the players, but also because of the public image.” Munich fans were annoyed with the team’s performance, “and then the players go on vacation.” Instead of coach Julian Nagelsmann, he would have taken “harder” measures and canceled the two rest days.
The short trip would have been announced, as Salihamidžić hastily pointed out in view of the excitement on Sunday. “Last week the players informed us that they would like to spend the two days off training with the group in Ibiza,” he said when asked by the Munich media, adding: “We have accepted this as a team-building measure.” Acceptance does not look like enthusiasm.
Not all players on board
Salihamidžić obviously saw a significant need for justification for the exit. The team have “set even higher goals for themselves this season and have been very busy with themselves and their future since leaving the Champions League”, he said, adding: ‘team joint action can be an important basis here’.
Where the community is rather exaggerated. According to research by the newspaper “Bild”, eight players were missing during this short trip: above all Manuel Neuer, after all the captain, and Thomas Müller. Dayot Upamecano, Kingsley Coman, Niklas Süle, Bouna Sarr, Marcel Sabitzer and Sven Ulreich would not be in the Balearics either.
It was mostly the timing that caused a nod after winning the championship and the embarrassing beating at Mainz. “I certainly wouldn’t allow something like that,” said Hertha coach Felix Magath, who expressed concern about Munich’s seriousness on the two remaining matchdays: Sunday (5:30 p.m. / DAZN and in the live ticker on ntv .de) takes on FC Bayern against VfB Stuttgart, Hertha’s rivals in the relegation battle.
Salihamidžić rushed to calm Magath’s concerns. “It is absolutely clear,” he said, that “our players” against VfB “will do their utmost with the professionalism and footballing strength that characterizes them to offer our supporters a great end to the season as German champions in their own stadium with a victory”. .” Clear.