Dhe two former Bayern captains Oliver Kahn and Lothar Matthäus exchanged verbal blows on the TV microphone before Bayern Munich’s top Bundesliga game against Borussia Dortmund. “I would ask you, Lothar, what do you actually mean by ‘Mia san Mia’ when you always assume that there is no ‘Mia san Mia’ anymore?” asked the visibly annoyed Bayern boss Kahn ( 53) in the round of the TV channel Sky. “What exactly do you mean? You just put it somewhere in the landscape – and then everyone can choose what that means.”
Matthäus had recently criticized the German record champions in his function as a Sky expert because of the separation from coach Julian Nagelsmann. The familial, protective self-image of Bayern, the ‘Mia san Mia’, no longer exists and has been “partially trampled on,” said the record national player. On Saturday, he replied to Kahn that he would not want a “private war.” “You can call me at any time,” said Matthäus (62), referring to his contacts at Bayern, with whom he speaks.
“These aren’t arguments,” Kahn replied. “Pay attention, maybe one or the other here is also suffering from transfiguration or distortion of memory. Even when we were playing, as you can probably still remember, there were always decisions that weren’t easy.” very carefully.”
“Certainly not from FC Bayern”
Kahn once again defended the manner in which Nagelsmann was separated and Thomas Tuchel’s commitment. How things went then was “a catastrophe”. But that was only because the information about Nagelsmann had been leaked to the media. “It certainly wasn’t from FC Bayern. (…) We’re not going to shoot ourselves in the foot,” said Kahn.
The Bavarians had announced the personal details on March 24th, and on the evening of March 23rd, the FAZ also reported on the decided Nagelsmann separation. The coach reportedly found out about his departure from the media. Kahn justified this by saying that Nagelsmann, who was on vacation, should be spoken to personally and “not on the phone”. Nagelsmann only drove up to the club center on Säbener Straße on March 24th.
But things didn’t end with the exchange of blows before the game. “I know that Oliver Kahn is lying,” Matthäus told T-Online during the half-time break. “Oliver Kahn just wants to distract from his problems and then he attacks me. But I was prepared for that,” said Matthew. “I only say what I hear, see and feel. The chronological sequence as described by Kahn does not fit together.”
Kahn rejected the accusation of lying: “We always told the truth,” he said on Sunday on the TV station “Bild”. “I don’t know what Lothar says, sees, hears or even feels like.” After his career, Matthäus rose to “chief critic of German football” “via one way or another”, said Kahn on Sunday morning. It’s okay that you don’t wear kid gloves and that things get violent at times. “However, one should not exceed certain limits. He said we trampled on the ‘Mia san Mia’. I still don’t know exactly what he means by that,” said Kahn.
“It’s only when you then criticize the chief critic yourself that I always have the feeling that he can’t handle it at all and then lets himself be carried away to such unfounded and styleless statements. He, who accuses us, and thus also FC Bayern, of having acted without style. But that’s Lothar,” criticized Kahn. “Hasan and I have always told the truth and Lothar’s allegations don’t change anything.”