Guardi­ola lacks self-con­fi­dence and lives in fear, says Bay­ern doc­tor

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

Pep Guardi­ola is a man with “weak self-con­fi­dence” ac­cord­ing to Bay­ern Mu­nich doc­tor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, who has lam­basted the Manch­ester City man­ager in his new au­to­bi­og­ra­phy.

Muller-Wohlfahrt was es­tab­lished as the or­thopaedic sur­geon of choice for a num­ber of lead­ing sport­ing stars, in­clud­ing sprint­ing great Usain Bolt, and had worked at Bay­ern for more than 35 years by the time Guardi­ola was ap­pointed as head coach in 2013.

The pair clashed fre­quently dur­ing Guardi­ola’s ten­ure, with the for­mer Barcelona boss ir­ri­tated by Muller-Wohlfahrt’s re­fusal to at­tend train­ing ses­sions and re­port­edly clash­ing with the vet­eran physi­cian over a num­ber of is­sues, in­clud­ing treat­ment for the in­jury-plagued Thi­ago Al­can­tara.

Mat­ters came to a head af­ter Bay­ern’s 3-1 de­feat to Porto in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Cham­pi­ons League in 2015, as Muller-Wohlfahrt and three mem­bers of his staff stepped down and claimed they were held re­spon­si­ble for the de­feat.

Bay­ern over­turned the deficit in the sec­ond leg be­fore fall­ing short against Barcelona in the semi-fi­nals, while Muller-Wohlfahrt is now back work­ing with the club in a dif­fer­ent ca­pac­ity.

Nev­er­the­less, time does not ap­pear to have healed old wounds.

“I think Pep Guardi­ola is a per­son with a weak self-con­fi­dence who does ev­ery­thing to hide that from other peo­ple,” Muller-Wohlfahrt said in an ex­tract from his book, See­ing with your Hands: My Life and my Medicine, pub­lished in Bild.

“Be­cause of that he seems to live in a con­stant fear. Not so much of de­feats but of the loss of power and au­thor­ity.

“He knew ev­ery­thing bet­ter: Five min­utes warm-up had to be enough. But that couldn’t end up well.

“Ap­par­ently he saw me as a re­ceiver of com­mands whom he could or­der ev­ery time he wants.”

Muller-Wohlfahrt ex­plained he found him­self yelling an­grily at Guardi­ola as their re­la­tion­ship went down­hill.

“I shouted at Guardi­ola and hit the ta­ble with my fist so hard that the plates and cups clanked. The first time dur­ing all the years [at Bay­ern] I had to be loud,” he added.

Muller-Wohlfahrt’s book fea­tures spe­cial guest con­tri­bu­tions, in­clud­ing one from Uli Hoe­ness.

The Bay­ern pres­i­dent feels he could have pre­vented re­la­tions be­tween the doc­tor and Guardi­ola de­te­ri­o­rat­ing so badly, had he not been serv­ing a jail term for tax eva­sion at the time.

“I think I would have been able to mod­er­ate the con­flict be­tween Mull and Pep Guardi­ola,” Hoe­ness said.

“Pep Guardi­ola is a very proud Cata­lan, and the Span­ish foot­ball coaches have a very dif­fer­ent re­la­tion­ship with the med­i­cal de­part­ment of the clubs.

“And Mull, on the other hand, is a very proud doc­tor who does not want to dis­cuss his suc­cess­ful treat­ments. In the spring of 2015 two fronts im­me­di­ately met.

“It lacked the buf­fer that I al­ways was. There used to be sim­i­lar scenes to the 3-1 de­feat in Porto af­ter lost games, more of­ten than one would think.”

Guardi­ola’s City are two wins away from claim­ing the Premier League ti­tle and are in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Cham­pi­ons League. They are poised to be joined in the last eight by Bay­ern, who could wrap up a sixth con­sec­u­tive Bun­desliga crown this week­end.

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