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Bayern Munich players hit back against legend Kahn's criticism

The Local · 17 Aug 2011, 09:07

Published: 17 Aug 2011 09:07 GMT+02:00

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On his blog, the 42-year-old Kahn has charged that the pair’s lack of aggressive leadership is the reason Bayern hasn’t brought a Champions League title to Germany since 2001.

"Does the lull in titles not perhaps lie with a generation of players like Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger, who vehemently deny a team needs players to lead it?" Kahn, who won the Champions League with Bayern and retired three years ago, wrote on his blog.

But Lahm hit back at a press conference on Tuesday.

“What a former player says or writes in some blog doesn’t interest me, Bastian or the team,” he said, adding that he felt “no anger” toward Kahn and was “very calm about the whole thing.”

Schweinsteiger also criticized Kahn in a conversation with the German newspaper Bild.

"I can still remember how Oliver Kahn used to hate nothing more than criticism from ex-colleagues which were expressed through the media," he told the newspaper. “From such a great player, I expect that he remembers his words."

The controversy has erupted as Bayern Munich prepare to play FC Zurich in the first match of this year’s Champions League campaign on Wednesday.

The team, which is widely thought to have the potential to win the competition this year, has come under intense pressure since the final will be played at Bayern's own stadium in Munich.

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Lahm and Schweinsteiger are also feeling pressure from fans of Germany’s national team who want to see the squad easily qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

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Your comments about this article

16:49 August 17, 2011 by ECSNatale
Poor Kahn, struggling to stay relevant. Your time is over, dude.
17:22 August 17, 2011 by neunElf
Ollie Kahn was a warrior and I think he is on target!

I've never been a fan of Bastian, no presence, he is easily made irrelevant.
17:49 August 17, 2011 by Englishted
The team, which is widely thought to have the potential to win the competition this year,

Is it the first of April?
00:03 August 18, 2011 by Logic Guy
Well, Kahn's comments are simply an effort to inspire improvement. He means well. Schweinsteiger is one of the best players in all of Germany. He is the main reason why the national team made it to the semi-final in South Africa.

And had the tournament not been damaged by so much "Obvious Corruption", then Germany probably would have won the World Cup title. Most experts said that they had the best team, which included Lahm and Schweinsteiger.
06:18 August 18, 2011 by authun
Uh, not quite so sure they can claim corruption as an excuse in the World Cup, Logic, given that they hardly even got the ball in the Spanish end throughout the semifinal game.
08:52 August 18, 2011 by ECSNatale
Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but it says here that Kahn retired 3 years ago and that Bayern hasn't won the Champions League since 2001. I know I was never really brilliant at math, but wouldn't Kahn's tenure on the team be much greater than those that he is currently criticizing? He surely had plenty enough time to lead them to a Champion's League victory year after year. Pot, kettle anyone?
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