Exiled Kroos must accept Guardiola's decision – Lahm

The midfielder has been frozen out at the Allianz Arena and while his captain has some sympathy for his team-mate’s plight, he says that the coach’s authority has to be respected

Bayern Munich skipper Philipp Lahm has told Toni Kroos that he must accept his exile from the first team with good grace.

The Germany international reacted angrily to being substituted during the recent 2-1 win over Stuttgart and was left on the bench for the two subsequent Bundesliga games.

While his captain can understand his team-mate’s frustration at being frozen out, he says that Pep Guardiola’s authority must be respected.

“It’s not nice for Toni, that much is clear,” Lahm told reporters. “But the coach makes the decisions and everyone has to accept them.”

Meanwhile, former Bayern and Germany midfielder Stefan Effenberg has also voiced his sympathy for the 24-year-old Kroos.

“This is a bitter pill to swallow for Toni,” he said in his capacity as a pundit for Sky.

“He always played under [former boss Jupp] Heynckes, but that’s over. It’s not favourable because the World Cup is around the corner.”

Kroos recently revealed that contract renewal talks with Bayern have reached an impasse, with his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2015.

Kroos must accept Guardiola's decision – Lahm

The midfielder has been frozen out at the Allianz Arena and while his captain has some sympathy for his team-mate’s plight, he says that the coach’s authority has to be respected

Bayern Munich skipper Philipp Lahm has told Toni Kroos that he must accept his exile from the first team with good grace.

The Germany international reacted angrily to being substituted during the recent 2-1 win over Stuttgart and was left on the bench for the two subsequent Bundesliga games.

While his captain can understand his team-mate’s frustration at being frozen out, he says that coach Pep Guardiola’s authority must be respected.

“It’s not nice for Toni, that much is clear,” Lahm told reporters. “But the coach makes the decisions and everyone has to accept them.”

Meanwhile, former Bayern and Germany midfielder Stefan Effenberg has also voiced his sympathy for the 24-year-old Kroos.

“This is a bitter pill to swallow for Toni,” he said in his capacity as a pundit for Sky.

“He always played under [former boss Jupp] Heynckes, but that’s over. It’s not favourable because the World Cup is around the corner.”

Kroos recently revealed that contract renewal talks with Bayern have reached an impasse, with his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2015.

'Martinez & Muller exit rumours are bull****' – Sammer

The Bavarians’ sporting director has strongly refuted suggestions that the duo could leave the Allianz Arena, insisting that Bayern Munich are a ‘buying club’

Matthias Sammer has categorically denied that Thomas Muller and Javi Martinez will be leaving Bayern Munich.

Martinez has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer, while competition for places in the final third of the park has led to rumours that Muller could exit the Allianz Arena.

However, the club’s sporting director strongly refuted the claims.

“Javi Martinez to Real Madrid, Muller, I don’t know, to Dynamo Dresden – it’s all bulls**t!” Sammer told reporters.

“We’re a buying club, not a selling club. And to think about Martinez or Muller for only a second… that’s the only thing that bothers me a bit.”

Sammer was speaking afrer Bayern’s hard-fought 2-0 victory over Nurnberg.

“The pitch was a catastrophe. You cannot play top-level football on a pitch like this,” he continued.

“But Nurnberg did well. They will not be fighting against relegation playing like this.”

Meanwhile, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola refused to speculate on attacker Toni Kroos’ future.

The 24-year-old was left out of the clash against their Bavarian rivals for a second game running after missing Bayern’s demolition of Frankfurt, and Guardiola said: “I comment only on players who played the match.”

Bayern lead the way in the Bundesliga, 13 points ahead of second-placed Bayer Leverkusen.

Guardiola only wants perfection – Muller

The attacker believes his coach is in the perfect place to achieve his goals and is happy to spend some time on the bench

Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller says coach Pep Guardiola only wants “victory and perfection”.

The former Barcelona boss took the reins at the Allianz Arena in the summer and has led the Bavarians to an unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season.

“I think that Guardiola only wants victory and perfection,” he told Telefoot.

“That’s why he’s in his perfect place here, at Bayern.”

Muller has started a handful of Bundesliga games on the bench this season, but understands that no one is guaranteed a start at a club of Bayern’s size.

“It’s price you have to pay at a big club. When you look at other big clubs, you see that there are great players who need to be on the bench. It’s like that, you’ve got to accept it.”

Muller started Bayern’s 2-0 Bavarian derby win over Nurnberg on Saturday, but was replaced by Javi Martinez 20 minutes from time.

Guardiola was born to coach Bayern Munich, says Rummenigge

The Bayern official says the Spaniard was the ideal choice to lead the Bavarians and feels that Barcelona are still the benchmark in Europe

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes Pep Guardiola has proven himself to be the best candidate to coach Bayern Munich.

Guardiola was handed the reins following the departure of Jupp Heynckes, who led Bayern to an historic treble in 2012-13.

But Rummenigge thinks Guardiola can still take the club to another level, with the Bavarians on course to defend their three titles this term.

We had a very successful season last year, winning the treble. But with the arrival of Pep came something additional with quality, I’d say,” the CEO told Sports Illustrated.

I’d say he’s born to work in favour of Bayern. I’m watching sometimes 15 to 20 minutes in training sessions, and this quality he’s giving in favour of the team is impressive to all of us. 

He’s a fantastic coach and guy. We believe it’s a fantastic story, what he is doing.”

Despite their Champions League triumph last season, Rummenigge admits Barcelona and representatives from the Premier League still have the lead in Europe.
 
Barcelona are a very good example, a kind of benchmark for us. We try to follow them. Regarding the five-year Uefa ranking, we are number two. Barcelona is still number one,” he continued.

“[Upcoming Champions League opponents] Arsenal are doing well this year in the Premier League, so it looks like they’re a bit reborn, a kind of comeback to the old times.

In the next five to seven years I’d say the Premier League will remain number one. Maybe the Bundesliga is on a good path to be number two, but the Premier League has a certain advantage.”