Munich mutiny? Bayern ‘mole’ breaks ranks to expose Pep Guardiola’s jackboot tactics
Bayern Munich host strugglers Hoffenheim for Sunday’s league match in rude health atop the table, but with cracks apparently appearing behind the scenes.
Kicker has reported a member of Bayern’s squad has broken ranks by admitting the atmosphere is “not good” in the squad as coach Pep Guardiola tightens control.
The mole has told the German magazine that the squad is unhappy after being sent an email, which says they must now officially register their movements on days off to avoid any meaningless travel.
The Spaniard, who will quit in June, is also said to have told his players he expects more professionalism from them and has even discussed introducing a curfew.
Guardiola is said to be increasing the pressure as he strives to sign off his three years in Munich with the treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup titles.
Bayern are suffering from what forward Thomas Mueller has described as “disease of the boot” after Jerome Boateng became the 14th player to be injured this season.
The Germany defender is out indefinitely with a groin injury, leaving Guardiola with Javi Martinez and Holger Badstuber as his only fit centre-backs.
Second-from-bottom Hoffenheim are desperate for points under caretaker coach Huub Stevens and have managed just six from a possible 15 in their last five games.
The Sinsheim-based club are four points adrift of the first non-relegation spot in the Bundesliga table and have never beaten Bayern in any of their 15 matches with 11 wins for the Bavarians and four draws.
Nevertheless, the weekend promises to see Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski and Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang resume their battle to be the league’s top scorer.
Lewandowski scored twice in Bayern’s 2-1 win at Hamburg last Friday to move within a goal of Aubameyang’s 18 goals in 18 league games.