Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has criticised Franck Ribery for recent digs aimed at former coach Pep Guardiola.
The France midfielder spoke highly of Bayern’s new coach Carlo Ancelotti and suggested he represents an improvement on Guardiola in a series of recent interviews.
In Sport Bild, Ribery branded Guardiola “inexperienced” and added that “sometimes he talks too much”, but Rummenigge says he has been out of order making such statements.
“There is no reason to put the boot in because we won a lot under Guardiola,” Rummenigge told Bavarian television.
“We’ve benefited a lot from having him and putting the boot in doesn’t get you anywhere.”
Guardiola won 14 trophies in four years in his first managerial assignment with boyhood club Barcelona from 2008-2012, then after a year-long sabbatical claimed seven in three years with Bayern Munich before taking up his new role at Manchester City recently.
Ribery did not get as much action as he might have hoped for under Guardiola last season and was even left out of the starting XI for the Champions League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid, together with Thomas Muller.
“You can’t make a mistake in a Champions League quarter final,” Ribery said.
“You’ve got to have your big names; your best players on the field.”
On Saturday, Ribery gave a timely reminder of his importance for Bayern when he was among the scorers as the Germany champions thrashed Inter 4-1 in the International Champions Cup.
Bayern’s star performer was however American Julian Green who grabbed a hat-trick before Mauro Icardi grabbed a late consolation goal as a substitute.
This was the second defeat for Inter in their pre-season tour after they lost to Paris SG last week. Inter’s attacking midfielder Stevan Jovetic admitted that his team were well below their best.
“Today we came up against a better side and unfortunately we lost,” Jovetic told Inter Channel.
“We’ve played a game every three days and the heat didn’t help; we performed better on other occasions.
“However you look at it, there’s a lot of work to do before the season starts. We’ll improve a great deal after just a few days training with the full squad.”
Icardi has been heavily linked with a move away from the club, but Jovetic hopes the captain will stay.
“Mauro Icardi is a great player and it will be a shame if he leaves. He looks calm and I hope he stays.”
Independent journalism costs money. Support Times of Malta for the price of a coffee.Support Us