Guardiola: No rift with club doctor

The Bayern Munich doctor quit the club after almost 40 years of service this week, stating his staff were blamed for the recent defeat to Porto

Pep Guardiola has insisted he had nothing to do with Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt’s decision to quit Bayern Munich, but refused to elaborate on his surprise exit.

The doctor ended almost 40 years of service when he announced the departure of him and his staff, stating that they were blamed for the Champions League defeat to Porto for unknown reasons.

Reports in Germany have said his resignation came as a result of an argument with chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, however there have been rumours of a rift between the medical staff and Guardiola.

The coach sent Thiago Alcantara to Spain to see a specialist instead of allowing Muller-Wohlfahrt to deal with his injury, but Guardiola insists he had no influence on the doctor’s decision to leave and that there was no problem between them.

“Nothing happened between us. It was his decision,” the Spaniard told reporters. “I have great respect for him. I can only respect the decision. That is all.”

Guardiola was seen clapping sarcastically towards the bench during Bayern’s DFB-Pokal meeting with Bayer Leverkusen, but he insists that gesture was not directed towards Muller-Wohlfahrt or any of his staff.

“It was my disappointment. Nothing to do with the doctor.”

The Bavarian side also released a statement, thanking Muller-Wohlfahrt for the work he and his staff have done over the years.

“Bayern Munich regret Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller Wohlfahrt’s decision to leave his role as club doctor. Especially Dr. Müller-Wohlfahrt, but also his team, did first-class work for the club and its players. We are particularly grateful for this.

“Bayern will soon announce a successor for the medical department. Till then Dr. Volker Braun, specialist for orthopaedics and sports physician, will accompany the team of FC Bayern to their matches.”

Klopp could coach Bayern – Hitzfeld

The 66-year-old says there would be nothing wrong with the German taking charge of his side’s arch-rivals if Pep Guardiola leaves this summer

Ottmar Hitzfeld believes Jurgen Klopp could follow in his footsteps and coach Bayern Munich after leaving Borussia Dortmund.

Klopp announced on Wednesday that an agreement had been reached to cancel his contract this summer  after seven years in charge of the club, during which he won two Bundesliga titles and took them to a Champions League final.

Several teams are reported to be interested in acquiring the services of the 47-year-old, but Hitzfeld, who coached Dortmund for six years before spending a further seven at Bayern over two spells, believes Klopp should be considered as a candidate for the job at the Allianz Arena should it become available this summer.

“Guardiola has a contract just now, but may suddenly say at the end of the season ‘I need a break again’, just as he did at Barcelona,” he told Blick. “If Pep Guardiola wins the treble, one must expect that he might suddenly need a break and then goes away again.

“That would be a chain of events that would be fit for Bayern Munich and Jurgen Klopp. I see no problem at all with the idea of Klopp going to Bayern.

“A coach is a mercenary. When the door opens at Bayern Munich, he’s sure to be a candidate. And then he would surely have great success with Bayern.”

The 66-year-old also named Borussia Monchengladbach boss Lucien Favre a possible Bayern coach in the future.

“He is certainly a candidate for top clubs. He is a tactician who can form powerful teams. He would fit Bavaria, as well as other clubs. But I think he should stay a year or two more in Gladbach. The team will continue to evolve.”

Basel coach Paulo Sousa has been touted as a possible replacement for Klopp and Hitzfeld believes he would be another great option.

“Paulo Sousa has great success in Basel and has the team playing a good pressing game. Sousa is certainly a candidate with which Dortmund will consider.”

Hoffenheim – Bayern Munich Preview: Leaders urged to wake up after Champions League shock

A defeat in Porto and the departure of the club doctor has left Pep Guardiola’s side in disarray ahead of their latest Bundesliga clash

Bayern Munich must bounce back against Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga if they are to make the most of another dominant season, according to sporting director Matthias Sammer.

The German champions produced a rare off-key performance at Porto in the Champions League – succumbing to a 3-1 defeat in the first leg of their quarter-final in Portugal.

Bayern’s chief doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt stepped down after the game citing a break in the club’s trust, after suggestions the medical team were blamed for Bayern’s decimated squad.

As a result, Bayern’s hopes of securing a treble have been hit, although victory at the Rhein-Neckar Arena would send Pep Guardiola’s men 13 points clear at the summit of the Bundesliga ahead of Wolfsburg’s clash with Schalke on Sunday.

“Errors like ours are punished at this level. It’s frustrating,” Sammer told Bayern’s official website.

“We have to shake ourselves awake. If you want to become a great team, you have to be able to put these things behind you.”

Guardiola was more philosophical in his assessment, having seen his side fight back from conceding two early goals, only to then be hit by a Jackson Martinez sucker punch 25 minutes from time.

Bayern were missing the likes of Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mehdi Benatia due to injuries, and Guardiola said: “We recovered well from going 2-0 down and controlled the match.

“I’m not totally unhappy with my team. We tried everything we could, but it wasn’t easy.”

Hoffenheim remain in contention for a Europa League place despite Sunday’s 3-2 defeat against struggling Cologne and were buoyed by coach Markus Gisdol signing a new contract on Thursday.

After keeping Hoffenheim in the top flight during the latter stages of the 2012-13 campaign, his first full season at the helm resulted in a ninth-place finish.

Gisdol is now in with a chance of securing a place in continental competition for the club.

The new deal keeps him tied down until 2018, but Gisdol’s immediate task is to shore his side up defensively, with 10 goals having been conceded in their last three outings in all competitions.

Hoffenheim have also failed to win in over a month – bowing out of the DFB-Pokal to Borussia Dortmund in the process.

However, Gisdol told reporters: “We have made progress in the last two years with giant steps. What I see here is exciting potential for development.

“I have a lot of imagination about what can happen here and in the end it was an easy decision [to sign a new deal].

“If we can establish ourselves where we stand currently, that would be great for us.”

Bayern doctor resigns over 'damaged trust'

Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt has stepped down as head of the club’s medical staff after his department was blamed for Wednesday’s defeat to Porto

Bayern Munich team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt has stepped down from his post at the club, citing a damage of trust.

The Bundesliga champions have been beset by injuries in recent weeks and were missing Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, David Alaba, Javi Martinez and Mehdi Benatia from the 3-1 loss to Porto on Wednesday.

Holger Badstuber and Bastian Schweinsteiger have also struggled with long-term injury problems in recent months and the Bavarians named just three outfield players among the substitutes for Saturday’s Bundesliga win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

The long-serving 72-year-old has now confirmed he has resigned after bearing the brunt of the blame for the side’s defeat in Portugal.

“After the Champions League match between Bayern Munich and Porto, the medical department was blamed due to the inexplicable reasons for the loss,” Muller-Wohlfahrt said in a statement.

“The bond of trust is damaged.”

Bayern’s media director Markus Horwick confirmed the decision had taken the club by surprise, telling Sport1: “FC Bayern were not informed about this step.”

Muller-Wohlfahrt left Bayern in 2008-09 after a falling-out with former head coach Jurgen Klinsmann only to be convinced to return following his departure.

Head coach Pep Guardiola admitted earlier this season he was becoming exasperated with the medical condition of some of his players, particularly defender Jerome Boateng.

“I must always replace Boateng before the match has finished,” he said in September. “But we can’t replace one defender in every match. Defenders normally have to play from the first to the last. We have to talk to the doctors another time.”

Klopp really annoyed Bayern, says Metzelder

EXCLUSIVE: The former Germany centre-back says the 47-year-old was BVB’s best-ever coach and revolutionised German football

By Christoph Kockeis

Former Borussia Dortmund centre-back Christoph Metzelder believes Jurgen Klopp has “really annoyed” Bayern Munich during his seven years in charge.

The 47-year-old announced on Wednesday that he will leave the Westfalenstadion at the end of the season following a dissapointing campaign this term.

Klopp led the club to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012 and Metzelder feels Klopp did nothing but good things for German football.

“Klopp revolutionised the league with his style and he really annoyed Bayern,” he told Goal.

“Dortmund celebrated real success. As a result they lost important players. Robert Lewandowski was absolutely key. You can’t replace him.

“Dortmund’s slogan Echte Liebe [Real Love] was summed up by Klopp. There will be some emotional weeks now. I can’t imagine what it’ll be like when he says goodbye finally.

“It was the most successful era for the club. Nonetheless, there was life before Klopp and there’ll be life ater him.”

Dortmund’s demise this term, which sees them sit 10th in the Bundesliga, has come as a shock but Metzelder said one campaign shouldn’t define his entire reign.

“Klopp has not failed. As Dortmund were on the brink of bankruptcy, nobody thought they would be in the position they’re in today economically and sportingly.

“The relationship with the Dortmund bosses was so close that Klopp did everything for them.

“You could see that Klopp and [CEO Hans-Joachim] Watzke were talking about the topic for weeks.”

Thomas Tuchel has been widely tipped to replace Klopp in the summer, having been on the verge of taking over at Hamburg, and Metzelder feels the former Mainz boss would be the perfect candidate.

“BVB need a coach who identifies with the region, the city and the people. Someone like Klopp or Tuchel,” he explained.

“Or someone who is experienced and has achieved a lot of international success and acts as a moderator, like Ottmar Hitzfeld during his time.

“I think Tuchel fits the philosophy of recent years. My feeling is that the recent developments at Hamburg are connected with those in Dortmund.

“If Dortmund spoke to Tuchel, which is what it looks like, it was because they had to do something because of the advanced talks between Tuchel and Hamburg.

“So they announced the decision early.”