Wednesday 23 January 2019

Bayern doctor slams Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Photo: PA
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Photo: PA

James Ducker

Pep Guardiola has been accused of disregarding the health of his players at Bayern Munich in another blistering attack by the German club's doctor.

Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt has also claimed Guardiola used "every opportunity to dupe" him during their highly-publicised falling-out in Bavaria as the doctor escalated his bitter war of words with the Manchester City manager.

Muller-Wohlfahrt had been Bayern's doctor since 1977 but left towards the end of Guardiola's second season at the club in April 2015 after a breakdown in their relationship.

The 75 year-old - who has since returned to Bayern - had launched a scathing attack on Guardiola in his new autobiography and he has now continued his criticism in an interview with German television, accusing the Catalan of putting success over the welfare of players.

"He [Guardiola] completely neglected the medical profession," Muller-Wohlfhart told ZDF. "It was not about recovery of the players, but only freedom from pain. It was not about the healing of injuries, it was completely against my philosophy.

"He underestimated me and wanted to make me a commander. He overestimated himself and thinks he knows better than anybody, but I was too big for him. I had a wonderful status at the club. He could not bear that I was the same as him, so I had to be trimmed and he used every opportunity to dupe me." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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