Ribery and Boateng hurting Bayern, says Beckenbauer

The FCB honorary president feels the duo must control ther emotons better, while he heaped praise on head coach Pep Guardiola

Bayern Munich icon Franz Beckenbauer has voiced his concern over Franck Ribery and Jerome Boateng’s behaviour on the pitch and fears that they could hurt the team with their ill-discipline.

The ex-France international was recently criticised by head coach Pep Guardiola for his tendency to react to provocations and Beckenbauer feels that Boateng is just as much of a liability as the winger.

“Ribery is often dealt with pretty roughly. But that does not mean he can afford to lose his temper, even if he is often provoked,” Beckenbauer told Sky.

“People know that he often reacts. It’s the same thing with Boateng.

“One should talk to the players about this, because they are hurting the team.”

The Bayern honorary president then went on to praise Guardiola, whose contract expires next year, hailing the Spaniard’s footballing philosophy.

“Guardiola does not need a contract. He is the type of coach who comes and goes whenever he wants. Bayern would like to hold on to him for the remainder of his life and I hope he will stay put for a long time. It is a perfect fit. It does not get any better than this. Guardiola has been a major hit.

“With all due respect to Jupp Heynckes, but Pep has brought a new philosophy to the club. He has found the perfect combination between Tiki-Taka and the traditional Bayern style.”

However, Beckenbauer expects Bayern’s domestic dominance to come to an end sooner rather than later, irrespective of whether Guardiola will stay put.

“Ribery, [Arjen] Robben and [Bastian] Schweinsteiger will not be around forever. Bayern will not win the Bundesliga title each season for the next 10 years.

“There will be some major changes at Bayern in two or three years’ time and everything will change then.”

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