Bayern Munich club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has praised coach Louis van Gaal for lambasting his players twice in the last week.
Bayern, level on points with Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen, have won 11 matches in a row, but Van Gaal, was furious when his side briefly lost their grip during last weekend’s 3-1 win over reigning champions Wolfsburg.
“I’m very angry because we were arrogant,” he said after the match. “We lost concentration after going 2-0 up … it was completely unnecessary.”
The former Ajax, Barcelona and Holland coach was also unhappy when Bayern trailed SpVgg Fuerth 2-1 in their German Cup quarter-final on Wednesday, before hitting back with five second-half goals.
“I was (again) very angry at halftime,” said Van Gaal. “There’s no second chance in a Cup tie. If you lose you’re out and we didn’t want that. Fuerth were more aggressive than us and that can’t be happening.”
Rummenigge praised Van Gaal’s approach.
“I thought it was right and terrific,” he told the club website. “After winning so many games in a row you tend to get sloppy.
“Voices were raised but the players knew at once what the coach was on about. Let’s not forget we’ve only played four games since the winter break and the intense phase is only just upon us.
“If we make the kind of mistakes we made on Saturday, there’ll be a rude awakening in the Champions League. Louis van Gaal thought ‘nip it in the bud’. That was Van Gaal the psychologist.”
Bayern host Fiorentina in the first leg of their Champions League opening round knockout tie next Wednesday.