Hoeness right to criticise Bayern, insists Beckenbauer

The Roten president claimed his side were “rubbish” against Arsenal last week, but the Germany icon feels he was right to do so

Franz Beckenbauer has defended Uli Hoeness’ public criticism of Bayern Munich following their 2-0 Champions League defeat to Arsenal, insisting it is often necessary to get a response from a squad.

The Roten president accused the squad of “playing like rubbish” after they scraped through to the quarter-finals, while former keeper Oliver Kahn delivered a similarly damning verdict in his column for Bild.

And Beckenbauer feels that criticism can often inspire a team to reach greater heights, citing his own harsh words following a 3-0 loss to Olympique Lyonnais in 2001, when Bayern eventually won the Champions League.

“Uli Hoeness has done everything right. He had to act as responsible. That was just as necessary as my speech in Lyon,” he told Bild.

“Even young players will respond when criticised publicly. Bayern played at a lower class in the second leg than they did in the first. Next time Matthias Sammer can strike again …”

Bayern clash with Juventus in the last eight of the competition.

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