After Bayern Munich’s Pokal elimination, Lothar Matthaus had a lot to say against the club’s board of directors earlier on Friday afternoon.
As one of Bayern Munich’s biggest legends, Lothar Matthaus has a right to either praise or criticize the club’s decisions. As they are coming from a historic treble-winning term, the former player always praised the great work that the club as a whole did. However, the new season is bringing a very different string of results.
Matthaus doesn’t think the club’s board is doing a good job at replacing the players who left the institution last season. Three names in particular come to mind when you think about who left. One is Thiago Alcantara, who seems impossible to replace. The other two are Phil Coutinho and Ante Rebic. For Matthaus, losing these three players without finding their replacements has been detrimental to Bayern Munich’s current season.
Matthaus thinks Bayern should sign new players.
In an interview with Sky Sports Germany, this is what Matthaus said: “I have to criticize the buying policy a bit. With Philippe Coutinho, Thiago and Ivan Perisic, you lost three players. They were, of course, important players. They were always there and brought the necessary quality with them. With many newcomers, it may take a certain amount of time to get going or the quality may simply not be there to say: ‘They make the difference’. You knew from the start that it would be a long and difficult season with lots of games.
“I think that the breadth of the squad in terms of quality is not set up in such a way that you can go through rotation and still maintain the quality. There is a lack of concentration. Perhaps it is also because of the high levels of stress, because of the many games last year, and there was little break. You don’t really have to change the system now, only the position of the system should perhaps be moved a little further back. So that there is not 30 or 35 metres of space between Manuel Neuer and the back four for the opponent to exploit – which is where they keep playing.”