Ex-Bayern Doctor Blasts Guardiola

Annette Crawford
March 17, 2018

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness says he could have prevented the relationship between Pep Guardiola and club doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt from deteriorating had he not been serving time in jail for tax evasion.

Both Guardiola and Muller clashed a lot during the City manager's time at Bayern with the former Barcelona boss irritated by Muller-Wohlfahrt's refusal to attend training sessions and reportedly clashing with the veteran physician over a number of issues, including treatment for the injury-plagued Thiago Alcantara.

"I remember one season under Jupp Heynckes, in which there were only three muscle injuries", Muller Wohlfahrt wrote, according to the Telegraph, in a book being serialised by German news outlet Bild.

His relationship with Guardiola, however, was less than harmonious, and got progressively worse during Guardiola's three-year tenure at Bayern.

"While the players were still being treated, I was loudly attacked in front of the assembled team and made responsible for our many injuries", Mueller-Wohlfahrt wrote. "On the one hand, he showed no interest in medical questions, and on the other hand, he demanded miracles from us".

'On just the third time we met, Guardiola came up to me and started ranting in an accusatory and aggressive tone, ' claims Muller-Wohlfahrt.

"Muller-Wohlfahrt, on the other hand, is a very proud doctor who doesn't like discussing his very successful treatment methods".

'Guardiola was often portrayed in the media as an innovative, if not revolutionary, coach.

Muller-Wohlfahrt said the coach "was upset every time a player had to come off with a muscle injury" and told him they should play on. But at Bayern Munich he turned the clock back tremendously.

"In his first season, we had many more muscular injuries than before". He thought he knew better on everything.

"Five minutes warm-up in a rush - that had to be enough". It was never going to go well'.

Muller-Wohlfahrt had been part of Bayern's medical team for 38 years before a disagreement with then-manager Guardiola saw him depart the club.

Muller-Wohlfahrt ended his attack with the most scathing remark of all: he suggested Guardiola has "weak self-confidence" and "lives in constant fear of losing power or authority".

He describes one argument in which Guardiola slammed his fist down on the table.

He said Guardiola's behaviour pushed him to the limit and he said: "I think Pep Guardiola is a person with a weak self-confidence who does everything to hide that from other people". He therefore seems to live in constant fear, not so much in defeat, but much more in the loss of power and authority'. "The first time during all the years (at Bayern) I had to be loud".

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