Pep Guardiola is a person of low self-esteem, says Bayern Munich team doctor in autobiography

'Guardiola is often portrayed in the media as an innovative, if not revolutionary, coach, but at Bayern Munich, he turned the clock back,' wrote Mueller-Wohlfahrt.

AFP March 15, 2018 12:29:09 IST
Pep Guardiola is a person of low self-esteem, says Bayern Munich team doctor in autobiography

Berlin: Pep Guardiola has been slammed in a scathing attack by Bayern Munich's high-profile team doctor, who said the Catalan took the German club "backwards" in some aspects of their training.

In his autobiography, which is being serialised this week in newspaper Bild, Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt described current Manchester City boss Guardiola as someone with "low self-esteem who does everything to hide it from others".

Pep Guardiola is a person of low selfesteem says Bayern Munich team doctor in autobiography

Pep Guardiola has been slammed by Bayern Munich team doctor in his autobiography. Reuters

"Guardiola is often portrayed in the media as an innovative, if not revolutionary, coach, but at Bayern Munich, he turned the clock back," wrote Mueller-Wohlfahrt.

"It even went so far as to turn our medically thought-out, well-rehearsed warm-up programme on its head before training sessions.

"I think Pep Guardiola is a person of low self-esteem.

"He seems to live in constant fear, not so much of defeat, but much more about any loss of power and authority," Mueller-Wohlfahrt added.

The 75-year-old Munich-based doctor has worked with a host of stars including sprint legend Usain Bolt and Germany's 2014 World Cup winning squad.

Mueller-Wohlfahrt had a stormy relationship with Guardiola, Bayern's head coach from 2013 until May 2016 in which he won three consecutive Bundesliga titles.

The pair fell out in April 2015 when Mueller-Wohlfahrt claims he was verbally attacked by Guardiola after a Champions League defeat in Porto which saw the doctor resign from his Bayern duties.

"While the players were still being treated, I was loudly attacked in front of the assembled team and made responsible for our many injuries," Mueller-Wohlfahrt wrote.

"I was to blame for the physical condition of the players and ultimately for the defeat.

"I felt deeply hurt. I resigned as team doctor of FC Bayern Munich after 38 years."

Mueller-Wohlfahrt, who returned to work with Bayern following Guardiola's departure in 2016, says the Spaniard was "upset every time a player had to come off with a muscle injury."

"After the successful 2012/13 season, then came Pep Guardiola and he knew everything better," said the German.

"Five minutes warm-up in a rush - that had to be enough.

"I simply could not reach Pep Guardiola with the way I think and work.

"Whenever I wanted to talk to him, he immediately turned away and walked away.

"The tensions between us increased over the months.

"Every time I helped a player off, because of a muscle injury, the coach was angry.

"'That's ridiculous, he could continue to play', was what he meant."

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Champions League: Gareth Bale omitted from Real Madrid's squad for Last 16 second leg against Manchester City
Sports

Champions League: Gareth Bale omitted from Real Madrid's squad for Last 16 second leg against Manchester City

Bale, 31, was not on the list, adding another low-point to a turbulent season for the Welshman, who has hardly featured for Madrid this year.

Bundesliga to allow fans back in stadiums, but with rules barring standing on terraces, and beer
Sports

Bundesliga to allow fans back in stadiums, but with rules barring standing on terraces, and beer

The 36 clubs in Bundesliga's top two men's divisions held a virtual meeting on Tuesday to define a broad outline for the leagues. The exact number of fans allowed could vary by club.

Premier League 2019/20 season comes to a close: What the outcomes mean for clubs and managers
Sports

Premier League 2019/20 season comes to a close: What the outcomes mean for clubs and managers

Let's take a look at the 17 teams who will still be playing in the Premier League next year and reasons why managers of almost all of these clubs might have been pleased with the way the league has ended.