Bayern Munich boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has backed coach Ottmar Hitzfeld after publicly criticising him following the league leaders recent poor run of results.
Bayern suffered their first defeat of the season when they lost 3-1 in Saturday’s Bundesliga clash at Stuttgart, a result which left Rummenigge fuming having already criticised Hitzfeld’s tactics following the 2-2 UEFA Cup draw with Bolton on Thursday.
Hitzfeld took off stars Franck Ribery and Lukas Podolski after 60 minutes against Bolton as Rummenigge later said: “I am very angry. The audience have a right to see the best team.”
But lavished praise on Hitzfeld at the club’s Annual General Meeting on Monday night.
“I am happy and Bayern should feel lucky that we have such a good friend and trainer in Ottmar Hitzfeld,” said Rummenigge.
“I do not have a problem with Hitzfeld.
“He is the man reponsible for the team’s selection, determination and style of play.
“It is not about blaming people for what has happened, it is all about the success of Bayern.”
Bayern top the German league by a point from Werder Bremen and Hamburg, but Rummenigge said he has no doubts the Munich side will be top of the table when the Bundesliga starts the winter break on December 15.