Uli Hoeneß has reacted with incomprehension to the long holiday of the Bayern players and the short preparation for the second half of the season.
Munich – FC Bayern Munich has had a season to forget. First came the inglorious dismissal of head coach Julian Nagelsmann, followed by the early elimination from the DFB Cup against SC Freiburg and the Champions League against Manchester City. Dortmund's blunder on the last Bundesliga matchday allowed FCB to celebrate their eleventh German championship in a row. But no one was satisfied with this on Säbener Straße.
|Born:||5 January 1952|
|Association:||FC Bayern Munich|
|Function:||Member of the Supervisory Board and Honorary Chairman|
FC Bayern Munich: Hoeneß criticises long holiday
For Uli Hoeness, the short preparation was one of the reasons for FC Bayern Munich's weak second half of the season. "I'm convinced that Thomas Tuchel had to suffer in the second half of the season because some players lacked basic stamina. If you give four and a half weeks of vacation, you need at least six weeks of preparation. But we only had two and a half weeks," he said in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
The 71-year-old complained that there were too few friendlies in the pre-season, namely "only this one against Salzburg. How are you supposed to be fit? I've never had four weeks of vacation in my playing career, not even in the summer. Some players didn't have a serious game from the beginning of November to mid-January," Hoeneß continued.
Uli Hoeneß. © IMAGO/Christian Einecke
Initially, Hoeneß had not warned the then head coach Julian Nagelsmann of the danger of not being fit because of the very short preparation for the second half of the season. "But when Manuel Neuer's injury weighed on the mood, I pointed out that we shouldn't go on holiday for so long," he said. But by then it was already too late.
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FC Bayern's performances in the second half of the season worried Hoeneß greatly, as he revealed in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung: "When I see how we are almost shown in our own stadium in the second half against Leipzig, I can't let go. It's just important to me that everything is in order at FC Bayern."
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Despite the embarrassment against RB Leipzig on the penultimate matchday, it was still enough for the Bundesliga title. However, the numbers show how weak the second half of the season of the German record champions really was: After 15 Bundesliga games, FC Bayern had a nine-point lead over BVB, but in the end they were dependent on a slip by the Black and Yellows and only secured the championship due to the better goal difference. (smr)