The Bayern sporting director says he has “great fun” working with the Spaniard and hopes some of the fringe players can step up in Philipp Lahm’s absence
Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer admits Pep Guardiola is “a bit crazy” – but says he loves working with him.
The 47-year-old signed a three-year contract extension at the club this week and he admits it is “great fun” to work alongside the former Barcelona boss.
“He’s a genius of a coach and a bit crazy in a positive way,” he said after at the announcement of his renewal. “All I can say is it’s great fun pursuing our targets alongside him. It’s a pleasure working with him.”
Sammer also called on Bayern’s fringe players to stake a claim for the starting XI while Philipp Lahm recovers from injury.
“I was shocked when I first heard about it because Philipp has a huge influence on this team as captain,” he said. “We wish Philipp all the best and we’re crossing our fingers. But now’s not the time for sadness and sentimentality. We need to get a grip and look forwards.
“We’ve got a big enough squad. Players who haven’t had much time on the pitch may well get a chance to show what they can do. There’s enough ability and quality to maintain our standards.”
Sammer did, however, reveal more encouraging news over the fitness of long-term absentee Bastian Schweinsteiger, as well as Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller, who suffered knocks this week.
“He’s doing well and he’s coped very, very well with everything,” he said of Schweinsteiger. “I think he’s in a good position physically and mentally. Now the coach will speak to Basti, because of his huge experience, about deciding when he’s ready. I’ve got the feeling it won’t be long.”
“I’ve not heard anything negative,” he added on Neuer, Muller and Jerome Boateng. “I hope it’s not so bad for Thomas. And it was just short-term with Manu and Jerome. I hope both of them will be available for the Hoffenheim game on Saturday.”