Arjen Robben speaks
Arjen Robben has dismissed reports that he said that his son’s training sessions were better than Carlo Ancelotti’s at Bayern Munich. The Dutch star was believed to have been quoted but he’s set the record straight with NUsport.
He said: “All of a sudden there are things appearing in the media that I would like to distance myself from. These so-called quotes are bulls***. I hate it when things like this happen. I am the last person out there who would have a go at a coach, a fellow player or anyone else. You have to be a man when someone leaves and don’t hit out at anyone.”
Ancelotti was sacked by Bayern after their recent 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
There had been dressing room unrest about the methods Ancelotti used to train the Bayern players. They had been fond of the attention to detail which his predecessor Pep Guardiola was famous for.
Ancelotti’s supposed laid-back regime didn’t prevent Bayern from retaining their Bundesliga title just a few short months ago. They’re currently five points behind Borussia Dortmund after a 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin.
The King Slayer
Robben wasn’t the only player accused of plotting against Ancelotti. Germany defender Mats Hummels was given the nickname King Slayer by German press for apparently stabbing his coach in the back.
The nickname is a reference to a Game of Thrones character named Jaime Lannister.
Hummels also denied that he had done anything to undermine his former manager. A group of players were believed to have organised secret training sessions behind the back of Ancelotti because they were unsatisfied with his sessions.
One of the early favourites to succeed Ancelotti is former Man United boss Louis van Gaal. The Dutch coach, who has been in charge at Bayern before, has been out of work since being sacked by United in 2016.