Quotes from the autobiography of Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, the first-team doctor for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, have come to the fore online this afternoon, with the German having taken aim at former Bayern manager and current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
Muller-Wolfhart, now 75, vacated his role as Bayern’s doctor in 2015, after a 38-year stint in the position.
His departure came following the Bavarian outfit’s surprise Champions League quarter-final first-leg defeat at the hands of Porto in 2015, a loss which then-manager Pep Guardiola seemingly blamed on his side’s doctor.
In his autobiography, Muller explains:
‘[Guardiola] verbally attacked [me] while the players were receiving treatment’ and ‘blamed [me] for the numerous injuries, the physical condition of the players and ultimately for the defeat’ to Porto.
Guardiola also reportedly sniped at Muller that ‘it cannot be that injuries here last six weeks, but in Spain only a fortnight,’ and was was ‘upset every time a player had to come off with a muscle injury.’
However, in no doubt the most scathing attack on Guardiola’s character from Muller’s entire autobiography, the medic, who has since returned to resume his role with Bayern, sniped:
‘I consider Pep Guardiola a person with a low self-esteem, who will do everything to hide it from others.’
‘He seems to live in constant fear of losing power and authority, rather than defeats.’
‘[Guardiola turned] upside down our well thought-out, tried and trusted medical preparation programme’, ‘wasn’t interested at all in medical matters’ and ‘knew everything better.’