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Crystal Palace are up moving up the table after a win at Derby on Saturday and will be hoping to continue that form when they host Southampton on Monday.

Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness has criticised Hoffenheim coach Ralf Rangnick, claiming he could be holding the club back.

Bayern beat Bundesliga leaders Hoffenheim 2-1 on Friday thanks to a goal in the second minute of stoppage time from Luca Toni, but the build-up to the game was dominated by a row between the two sides.

And Hoeness has now continued to wage war of words with an attack on Rangnick.

He told DSF television: “Up to now, Ralf Rangnick has always experienced a good first year and then been sacked afterwards.

“He will still discover the air at an altitude is a lot thinner than the air he is currently enjoying.

“If there is anything that worries me about the positive development of Hoffenheim, then it is Ralf Rangnick’s know-it-all attitude.”

Hoeness also accused Hoffenheim owner Dietmar Hopp of buying success.

“I respect Dietmar Hopp as a person a hell of a lot and I rate what he is doing,” continued Hoeness. “But if Hopp took his money and invested in Bielefeld tomorrow, then they would be playing at the top.

“FC Bayern are playing against a billionaire – it is not small against big financially speaking.

“They have done some sensational work, but without the financial support, they would still be in the second or third division.

“You can only employ scouts when you have the money for it.”

Crystal Palace are up moving up the table after a win at Derby on Saturday and will be hoping to continue that form when they host Southampton on Monday.

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