Germany boss Joachim Low must change his behaviour, blasts Bayern Munich president

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness believes Germany boss Joachim Low needs to change his behaviour towards his players to get the most out of the team.

Germany have reached at least the semi-final stage of the last four major tournaments but have not lifted a trophy since Euro 1996, over 16 years ago.

Hoeness suggests Low must alter his attitude towards his squad to get the best possible results in the 2014 World Cup and beyond.

“I think that Low needs to rethink his behaviour towards the players after the Euros urgently,” he told German media outlet derwestern.

“Only if professional footballers are treated tougher can the national coach get the last five percent out of them.”

Uefa’s decision to implement their Financial Fair Play has already seen many clubs being denied their European match fees because of outstanding debts this campaign.

However, as a result Hoeness thinks Bundesliga clubs will “rule Europe” in 10 years “if the Financial Fair Play will totally be followed.”

He added that Germany had better requirements for this “than any other country in the Western world.”

Bayern splashed out a huge sum of money – €40 million – to bring Spain international Javi Martinez from Athletic Bilbao, but the Allianz Arena chief insists spending like this within the next decade is unlikely.

“I have relied on [head coach] Jupp Heynckes and [director of sport] Matthias Sammer. I intentionally haven’t watched the player,” Hoeness admitted.

“Nevertheless people should not think, that now there will be an era of crazy spending at Bayern.

“The possibility that we will do another transfer of that amount within the next 10 years is remote.”

Goal.com readers back Manchester United to win the Champions League

Over a fifth of Goal.com readers believe that Manchester United will win this year’s Champions League, despite being knocked out in the group stages last year.

The Red Devils, who kick-off this season’s campaign against Galatasaray on Wednesday night at Old Trafford, picked up 22.66 per cent of the vote.

Defending champions Chelsea, who have seen their talisman from last season, Didier Drogba, depart for Shanghai, polled in second placed with 20.12%.

Barcelona, now led by new manager Tito Vilanova, rounded off the top three with 15.07% of the vote, meaning nearly 85% of readers believe a team other than the favourites will win the Champions League.

Having started their campaign with a win against Montpellier, 14.74% of readers backed Arsenal to go all the way this year.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid, helmed by two-time Champions League winner Jose Mourinho and victorious against Manchester City on Tuesday, only polled in fifth with 11.72% of the vote.

Serie A champions Juventus were the highest ranked club outside of Spain and England, but only picked up 5.6% of the vote.

Manchester City, despite winning the Premier League, were only backed by 3.66% of readers, and Bayern Munich, Champions League finalists last year, came eighth with 3.35% of the vote.

Big spending Paris Saint-Germain picked up just 0.75% of the vote, and AC Milan, who have reached the final three times in the last decade, only managed 0.57%.

The results mean that 66.18% of readers expect an English team to win the Champions League, while 26.79% predict the winner will come from Spain.

Borussia Dortmund, Man City and Real Madrid, despite being the reigning champions of their respective leagues, are all fancied less than teams who finished below them last season.

Pellegrino: Valencia must not pay Bayern too much respect

Mauricio Pellegrino - Valencia

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Mauricio Pellegrino feels it is crucial for Valencia not to show Bayern Munich too much respect in their Champions League Group F opener at the Allianz Arena.

The 40-year-old trainer realises that the German giants will pose a stern test for Los Che to overcome, but is confident his players are ready for Wednesday’s curtain raiser.

“We have to avoid showing them too much respect, that would be the biggest mistake we could make. We also have to refrain from making too many small errors,” Pellegrino remarked at a press conference.

“What I expect from my players is that they stay calm and play as well as they can. I know very well how good they are.

“My boys are ready for the game. We are well prepared and we know our opponents quite well.

“I am not thinking too much about Bayern. They will be our opponents, but I am concentrating on my own team and what we can do.”

The clash of the 2001 Champions League finalists is scheduled to kick off at 20:45CET.

Bayern brimming with confidence ahead of Valencia game, says Heynckes

Jupp Heynckes has stressed that Bayern Munich are full of confidence ahead of their Champions League Group F opener against Valencia.

The Bavarians’ coach is aware that Los Che are among the top teams in Spain, but believes his side have more than enough quality to come out victorious in Wednesday’s encounter at the Allianz Arena.

“We go into tomorrow’s game high on confidence,” Heynckes told reporters. “It really seems we have added quality to our squad over the summer and it is good to have alternatives on the bench – that will be important for the rest of the season.

“Valencia are among the top three in Spain – just remember 2000 and 2001 [when they twice finished Champions League runners-up].

“The team of today is very well organised and physically strong. Their pressing is great and I have a lot of respect for them.”

Heynckes then went onto say that Bayern are no longer thinking about last season’s loss against Chelsea in the final of the elite club tournament, and instead are focused on surviving the group stage. 

“We no longer linger on our final defeat [by Chelsea]. This is a new season and we have to concentrate on our group now – everything else is just hypothetical,” the former Real Madrid boss added.

“The past is the past and I do not think about it anymore. It is not relevant to talk about the Champions League final in London either. We have to survive the group and then we will see.”

Bayern’s clash with Valencia kicks off at 20:45CET.

Robben: Valencia are very good, but not Barcelona or Madrid

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has warned that Valencia are a force to be reckoned with ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League encounter, but added that they are not of the same level as Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The Dutchman ended up on the losing side three times out of five when facing Valencia during his time at Madrid, and has nothing but respect for Mauricio Pellegrini’s men.

“They’re a very good team, not Madrid or Barcelona, but not very far off,” Robben was quoted as saying on the club’s official website.

Defenders Holger Badstuber and Philipp Lahm are wary of Valencia too, as they feel los Che could cause Bayern problems if they are not at their best.

“They’re dangerous. They always cause trouble for the very big clubs in Spain. We’ll have to concentrate very hard,” stated Badstuber.

“Wednesday will be a proper test. Valencia are a top team, they’re almost always in the Champions League, and almost always one of the best three clubs in Spain. However, we want to go through in first place,” added Lahm.

The match at the Allianz Arena is scheduled to kick off at 20:45CET.