Tuesday, 23rd April, 2013
Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes has slammed reporters for suggesting he may call on successor Pep Guardiola to ask for advice on how to defeat Barcelona later tonight at the Allianz Arena, adding he would rather call Johan Cruyff instead.
Bayern Munich are due to face Barcelona this evening in the first leg of their colossal Champions League semi-final bout, and with Guardiola due to replace Heynckes next season, it was put to Heynckes that he may speak to Guardiola about a tactical plan to counter Tito Villanova’s side.
But the speculation has drawn the ire of Heynckes, who has grown tired of hearing it for weeks now.
“Please give me respect”, he was quoted as saying by Le 10 Sport.
“I never consulted anyone to study an opponent. It would do Guardiola a disservice if I asked him to reveal secrets he used with his former employer.
“Besides, I’d rather call Johan Cruyff, it was he who invented [Barcelona’s] style of play”, the outgoing Bayern Munich head coach added.
Cruyff was Barcelona’s manager from 1988 to 1996, during which time Guardiola was a player at Camp Nou alongside other notable personalities like Txiki Begiristain (currently Manchester City’s director of football) and Michael Laudrup (current manager of Swansea).
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