4 October 2017
After Carlo Ancelotti was sacked last week, the fallout at Bayern Munich continued with Franck Ribery the latest star to come in for criticism.
Earlier this week, reports in Germany suggested that Bayern Munich players were so disillusioned with Carlo Ancelotti’s methods that, prior to his sacking, they were organising secret training sessions without the Champions League winning coach.
Furious with Ancelotti’s sacking, former Bayern Munich star, Markus Babbel, stated that the players need to look at themselves rather than point the finger at their manager and, elaborating on this point, Babbel singled out one man with some particularly harsh words.
“Franck Ribery has not scored a goal in the Champions League in the last two years,” Babbel said speaking to Sky 90.
“He still sees himself on the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. But the truth is different. The truth is when it matters, he is not there.
“It is a bit annoying for me that the whole thing is now shifted to Carlo Ancelotti. Ribery has great merits for the club and has been a fantastic player. But this position he once held is one he cannot now fulfill in my eyes.”
Ribery courted some controversy last month when he threw his shirt at the bench when Ancelotti replaced him during a Champions League clash with Belgian outfit Anderlecht and, speaking about the incident, Babbel suggested that Ribery went behind Ancelotti’s back with his grievances.
“This is an absolute no-go for me. The club would have had to react – but this is exactly the problem. If Franck Ribery is offended, he calls Uli Hoeness (the club President) and then you have already lost as a coach.”
“For me, some Bayern players live too much in the past.”