• Germany edition
 
Losing coach accuses rival of 'Chinese' copying
Photo: DPA

Losing coach accuses rival of 'Chinese' copying

Published: 02 Mar 2013 09:55 GMT+01:00
Updated: 02 Mar 2013 09:55 GMT+01:00

Dortmund have won the last two Bundesliga titles, but are second and 17 points behind leaders Bayern in the current campaign, having also lost 1-0 in Munich on Wednesday in the quarter-finals of the German Cup.

Klopp went on the offensive after the defeat when he accused Bayern of copying his team's playing style.

"At the moment, it is like what the Chinese are doing in industry: they look at what others do, copy them, and then with more money and players follow a similar path," said Klopp. "And then after that, you're better again."

Relations between Klopp and Heynckes have been cordial for the last two seasons, but Heynckes was clearly irritated by his Dortmund counterpart.

"Bayern have been round a bit longer than Jürgen Klopp has been a coach and we have always had our own style of play," said the 67-year-old.

"It's important to show how big you are in both defeat and victory," he added after Bayern broke their six-match winless streak against Dortmund in the cup game.

But Borussia's chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke backed up Klopp.

"Bayern Munich is certainly not a club who have to tell us how to show grace in defeat, because they themselves have not always had a monopoly on that department," he said.

"What Jürgen Klopp has said is absolutely correct. Dortmund certainly don't need to take a lecture from Bayern."

But Heynckes, who won the Champions League title as Real Madrid coach in 1998, said Klopp, who is 22 years his junior, should change his tune.

"If Jürgen at sometime enjoys the chance to coach Bayern Munich or Real Madrid, he will realise what it means to do so and that you exist in a completely different world," said Heynckes.

"I don't want to tread on Borussia Dortmund's toes, they are a great team, but when you are at one of the big clubs, you have a Herculean task ahead of you in every department.

"This team didn't just fall into Bayern's lap, there has been a process you have to follow. We didn't just take a bunch of your players and implement a plan (like Dortmund)," he said.

Heynckes said Klopp has "always acted in a fair manner" towards him and even offered an excuse for the Dortmund trainer's comments.

"If he is there with his small group of Dortmund journalists, these things can slip out," offered Heynckes. "I don't put much value on what he said."

With Bayern facing Hoffenheim on Sunday in the Bundesliga, Heynckes has said it is "back to business" in their quest for the first title since May 2010.

"We're still hungry for success and will not let up in the league," said Heynckes. "We know that we must maintain the level, perhaps even improve."

AFP/jlb

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

11:02 March 2, 2013 by Roberto Gold
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
14:46 March 2, 2013 by yourkeau
@Roberto Gold, you're free to create your own media, without "censorship", so go ahead. Why to you think readers are interested in reading the cr*p you're posting here? This is an article about football, did you bother to read it?

By accident I've been watching a match between Bayern and Borussia. I have an impression that they were just tired or so, the defence was bad, and it is a surprise that the match didn't end on 2:0. And I might have missed something, do we have a copyright on playing style or so? Dear Borussia, you are not GEMA, and someone playing your style is not an excuse for your bad games.
21:51 March 2, 2013 by Bigfoot76
Just what is meant by his accusation that Bayern copies their style? I mean in what way do they copy? some examples would be good.
09:21 March 3, 2013 by The-ex-pat
There must be only a certain number of ways for eleven blokes to kit a ball around a field....................and then blame the manager when the lose.......
11:05 March 3, 2013 by Forestt
What is the matter with you? Why do you get Chinese involved?? Are you insane?!
Today's headlines
UN climate talks shuffle to a close in Bonn
Photo: DPA

UN climate talks shuffle to a close in Bonn

Concern was high at a perceived lack of urgency as UN climate negotiations shuffled towards a close in Bonn on Saturday with just 14 months left to finalise a new, global pact. READ  

Berlin slams Italy Nazi claims court ruling
Italy's National Partisans' Association welcomed the court decision. Photo: DPA

Berlin slams Italy Nazi claims court ruling

Italy's constitutional court has ruled that victims of Nazi-era war crimes can sue Germany in Italian courts, rejecting a UN ruling and provoking a strong reaction from Berlin on Friday. READ  

Expats reveal another side of Berlin Wall
Photo: Paul Sullivan

Expats reveal another side of Berlin Wall

Two expats who walked the Mauerweg - the 160-kilometre trail that runs the length of the former Berlin Wall - have written a book about forgotten aspects of its past and present. READ  

Karstadt closes six stores to stay afloat
Photo: DPA

Karstadt closes six stores to stay afloat

Germany's biggest department store chain Karstadt will close at least six stores, putting around 2,000 jobs at risk, in a drastic bid by its new boss to return it to profit. READ  

Quiz
How well do you know Germany?
Photos: DPA/Shutterstock

How well do you know Germany?

Do you know your Saxony facts from your Saxony-Anhalt ones? Test your knowledge of Germany's federal states in The Local's quiz. READ  

Climate chief hails Bonn greenhouse gas deal
Pollution from a coal-fired power station in Frimmersdorf, North Rhine-Westphalia. Photo: DPA

Climate chief hails Bonn greenhouse gas deal

The UN's climate chief hailed a European agreement in Bonn on greenhouse gases on Friday as providing "valuable momentum" for a world pact to be inked in Paris next year. READ  

Germany gets €780m EU rebate for poor growth
Photo: DPA

Germany gets €780m EU rebate for poor growth

Germany will get an early Christmas present of around €779 million from the EU, thanks to weaker than expected GDP growth. READ  

Stay inside after blast, Ludwigshafen told
Photo: DPA

Stay inside after blast, Ludwigshafen told

It will take several days to find out what caused a massive explosion on Thursday which rocked a town on the Rhine, killing a builder and injuring 26 others. READ  

German helicopter fleet 'not fit for Nato'
An NH90 helicopter. Photo: DPA

German helicopter fleet 'not fit for Nato'

Germany's fleet of NH90 helicopters is undergoing engineering checks after one of them suffered a serious engine failure, in the latest blow to the country's military capabilities. READ  

Ex-boss of Berlin Airport farce gets €1.2m
Rainer Schwarz at a court hearing in September into the case. Photo: DPA

Ex-boss of Berlin Airport farce gets €1.2m

The man who was blamed for Berlin's miserable attempt to build a new airport must be paid more than €1 million - after being fired. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
Politics
Satirist lives the dream on EU gravy train
Photo: DPA
Gallery
PHOTOS: Huge explosion rocks Ludwigshafen
Photo: DPA/Shutterstock
Gallery
Which high school cliche is your German city?
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Storm hits southern Germany
Sponsored Article
An international school unlike any other : School on the Rhine
Photo: Fitzpatrick family
Society
'We still don't know what happened to Matthew'
Photo: Mariana Schroeder
Munich
Special Report: Hope and chaos at Munich's refugee shelters
Photo: DPA
Culture
Can you top our history quiz leaderboard?
Photo: DPA/Shutterstock
Gallery
11 things Germans are afraid of...
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Sponsored Article
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation at Phorms
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,524
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd