Dortmund, Bayern and Barca engage into war of words over Guardiola
The war of words between German footballing powerhouses, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, has begun. The Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich struck back at Borussia Dortmund following Jurgen Klopp’s claims that Bayern Munich were going to seek help from former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola before taking on the Catalan giants in the Champions League semifinals.
Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge announced that manager Jupp Heyneckes will not engage with Pep Guardiola to get advice on how to defeat Barcelona. However, Jurgen Klopp believes someone else from the Bayern Munich ranks has been setup for this task.
“I bet my arse that [Bayern general manager] Mr [Matthias] Sammer and Mr Guardiola will chat on the phone,” Jurgen Klopp said after the Champions League draws on Friday.
In response to such statements from the Dortmund boss, Matthias Sammer and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge replied critically.
“I would be a bit cautious about my posterior, because the posterior might not be dispensable in life,” said Matthias Sammer, and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said, “I fear his arse will end up in the club's museum at some point.”
Media and fans are waiting for Jurgen Klopp’s response to Bayern Munich’s attack, but the German boss has yet to strike back. Meanwhile, Barcelona director Andoni Zubizarreta has urged both parties to avoid involving Pep Guardiola in battle which he has no link to.
“Pep should be left in peace,” Andoni Zubizarreta said. “This is a tie between Barcelona and Bayern, and we should not be bothering those who are not involved.
“I guess he will enjoy it [the game] because he is a football man. They are two great clubs, with great players, great coaches, great fans. We hope to see a great football tie.”
Bayern Munich will welcome Barcelona at Allianz Arena on 23rd April for the first leg of their Champions League semifinal tie. On the other hand, Borussia Dortmund will host Real Madrid at the Westfalenstadion on April 24 for the first leg of their semifinal battle.