We’re gonna change the team face a lot.”
Uli Hoeneß promises the Bundesliga 2:3 in the BVB on the day after Bavaria’s victory – and announces major changes in the squad this summer.
When FC Bayern, after a 2-3 defeat at Borussia Dortmund, are seven points behind their worst national rivals, but the president uses words like “fun” and “optimistic” the following day, something special must have happened. And this is exactly what Uli Hoeneß claims to have witnessed on Saturday evening.
“We saw an outstanding Bundesliga game from both sides yesterday,” he enthused on Sunday on the phone at “Sky”. “This game was an advertisement for football in general and for the Bundesliga in particular. Although the Bavarians lost a two-time lead, the top match showed “that our team is now in a very good condition again”, said Hoeneß. “That’s why I’m looking very optimistically into the next few weeks until Christmas.”
Hoeneß defends the squad: “That’s all cheese with age”.
He defended not only coach Niko Kovac (“The team doesn’t need to play for the coach in Dortmund in the great atmosphere, but for Bayern Munich, and that made them impressive”) and the ill Mats Hummels (“He absolutely wanted to play in Dortmund and that didn’t go so well – you have to respect that”), but also the squad structure, which some consider outdated.
“Hoeneß thinks that “age is all cheese” and refers to the still injured Corentin Tolisso (24) and the Kingsley Coman (22) – “the two most important young players we have engaged in recent years”. “Those who have seen our team in the first hour have seen that we can play excellent football.”
Hoeneß excludes transfers in winter
Hoeneß excludes winter transfers, “then we would have the theatre every weekend that the journalists don’t go to those who scored two goals, but to those who sit in the stands”. But: “Next year, when the second step of the upheaval comes, we will certainly change the team face quite a bit”.
But the Bavarians haven’t written off the championship title for a long time yet, even though they’ve never caught up so late in the season with a seven-point deficit. “The Bundesliga is really fun again,” says Hoeneß. And “we can promise you one thing: We’ll keep the championship exciting until the last matchday. “oeneß with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in Dortmund