Monday 16 July 2018

'We've reached peak Dunphy': Fans didn't know how to react to pundit's 'ordinary' Bayern rant

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Eamon Dunphy's flammable punditry style can be very entertaining but every so often he makes a snap decision on a player that often involves him downgrading someone's 'superstar' status.

'Lounge lizard' Yaya Toure felt Dunphy's wrath long ago while even seemingly untouchable greats like Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar have had their greatness questioned by the RTE pundit.

Dunphy has also had a long-running penchant for calling Bayern Munich an 'ordinary' side, even though there is a mountain of evidence to the contrary.

He famously called them 'overrated' and said they didn't look like tournament winners right before they smashed Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate in the Champions League semi-final and won the treble.

Despite adding three Bundesliga titles out of three in the seasons since, Dunphy still isn't sold on Pep Guardiola's iteration of Bayern.

After the German giants dropped the away first leg of their semi-final tie with Atletico Madrid last night, Dunphy could see many of the team's perceived failings once again.

"There were no superstars," Dunphy said.

"Let me tell you, Bayern Munich are pretty ordinary. Alonso, it isn't in his legs any more. Franck Ribery didn't start. Arjen Robben didn't start. Thiago, who was playing in midfield before he was taken off, is no superstar.

"There are not many superstars. Coman, who came on and started on the right, is no superstar. He thinks he is. He was talking in the papers about being the best player in the world, he's not even the best player in his family, maybe."

While Bayern haven't yet advanced past the Champions League semi-final stage under Guardiola, many football fans took issue with Dunphy's description of the Bavarians.

They have won 26 of their 31 league games this season, good enough for a seven point lead over Dortmund with three games to go, and have also advanced to the final of the German Cup.

With players like Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer in the side, it is also hard to argue that Bayern don't have many superstars.

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