After crashing out of the Champions League at the hands of Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side, Pep Guardiola’s era as Bayern manager risks finishing in bitter controversy.
After three seasons with the Bundesliga giants, winning the Bundesliga each year at a canter – Pep disappointingly failed to reach the Champions League final before his forecast move to Manchester is completed in the summer.
Guardiola has accused Bayern of having a Mole in the dressing room.
A report in released in German publication Bild this week claims that a furious Guardiola, lashed out after the Champions League semi-final exit to Atletico Madrid – furious that his medical staff could not eumulate the kind of quick recovery from injury that saw Diego Godin start for Atletico.
Last season, long-standing club doctor and physio Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt left the club on bad terms following Guardiola’s public criticism of the high-injury rate. Pep was seen sarcastically applauding the medical staff after an injury during a league game last season.
Bild outlines the exchange as follows:
‘Why do we have so many muscular injuries? Why does it take so long for our players to recover? Look at Godin, look how quickly Atletico got him back.’
To which his medical team retorted:
‘You have everyone available bar Robben and Badstuber.’
Bayern Medical Staff
The leak is the latest in a string of claims from an unnamed source within the Bayern camp. Allegations emerged earlier in the season, suggesting Guardiola had lost patience with some first-team stars over their fitness including recent signing Arturo Vidal.
Suspicions were heightening when the Spaniard’s tactical plans for a Bundesliga clash with Borussia Dortmund in 2013, also made their way into the public domain… Bayern did however win the game 3-0.
“What happens in the dressing room should stay in the dressing room. The person who gives the information to the media has not figured out that he did not hurt me, but the team.
“I don’t know who he is and I don’t have the time now to search for him. I only understand his intention: he wants to hurt me, but he only hurts the team and the club. It’s a problem for the club, not me.”
The frequent information leaks Pep has experienced during his time in Germany may well have swayed his decision to leave Munich for Manchester.
Guardiola revealed that he had originally planned to stay at Bayern for longer than just three years, although upon deciding to leave the Bundesliga champions for pastures new admitted he found to be the right one.
Pep’s got 99 problems… but a mole ain’t one.