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Bayern's Lahm exposes deep rifts with ex-coaches

The Local · 23 Aug 2011, 12:02

Published: 23 Aug 2011 12:02 GMT+02:00

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In excerpts published by Bild newspaper, Lahm writes in “The Subtle Difference” that Klinsmann, a former German national team coach who didn't last even a full season managing Bayern, appeared out of his depth.

Lahm writes that things quickly fell apart after Klinsmann took the helm in Munich in 2008. Lahm charges that Klinsmann, who is now the US National team’s head coach, was so interested in physical fitness that he neglected tactical elements.

“We players had to get together independently before the game to discuss how we wanted to play,” he recounts.

Klinsmann was sacked after less than a year in the job following disagreements

between him and club management.

The 27-year-old Lahm singles out other coaches for criticism, including Felix Magath, who coached Bayern for three years beginning in 2004 and Louis van Gaal, the Dutchman who led the squad between 2009 and April of this year.

He describes Magath as putting relentless pressure on his players, so much so that he lost their support. By the time Magath left, Lahm writes, a “stress fracture” had developed between trainer and team.

Lahm believes van Gaal had “high expectations.” But, he argues, the coach was unwilling to budge from his philosophies and or try new things. Under him, defender Lahm writes, Bayern Munich neglected defence and focused on scoring as many goals as possible.

On many occasions, Lahm says he spoke with van Gaal about the situation. But, he said the coach pretended to listen, then seemed to ignore him.

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“In the end, he always decides as he saw fit,” Lahm writes.

Bild is pushing excerpts from Lahm’s book, which is being released on Aug. 29, throughout this week.

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Your comments about this article

12:49 August 23, 2011 by Bigfoot76
"What do you think? Leave your comment below" I think that books are good for reading. Books are also good for propping up an uneven table. Ultimately it is hard to say anything about the book as it has not even been released yet so I am mostly just commenting to see myself type (hear myself speak).
15:34 August 23, 2011 by duckys
Too bad that the The Local does not have the like button.. I would like Bigfoot's comment... Ooopss. that is illegal for the "like button"...
15:46 August 23, 2011 by ND1000
Sounds like Lahm and pals have a problem with lots of coaches. When will they throw their new coach under the bus.
19:07 August 23, 2011 by Dayzee
Perhaps the fact that these princesses...oops I mean princes, don't like their coach is just perhaps one of the reasons that they never seem to win a championship.........just perhaps
20:07 August 23, 2011 by neunElf
Tail wagging the dog?

I would like to see Uli Hoeness or KH Rumenegge put in charge to see how well they fare!

The problems at Bayern are the responsibility of that meddlesome twosome of know it alls!
01:50 August 24, 2011 by dirving71
Phillipp Lahm just cannot keep his mouth shut. Now, he takes time to write a book criticizing his coaches. Maybe if he had done some of what the coaches asked him to do, Bayern Munich would have more success in the Champions League. I was hard on Oli Kahn a few days ago when he criticized Lahm and Schweinsteiger. After reading this, I am starting to think there may have been some truth to his statements. He does not act like a leader but insists on being one. If he insists on being a leader, he needs to start acting like one by performance on the field and stop throwing coaches under the bus when he and his teammates fail to get it done on the pitch. He can say what he wants about Magath or Kilinsmann, but they both lead teams somewhere as players and coaches. Lahm has not ever led a team anywhere. He has just been lucky to be surrounded by a lot of talent and has been able to ride the coattails of other great players. He needs to man up and stop all the whining and complaining.
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