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Hoeness explains Bayern outburst

March 15, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has explained the reasoning behind his post-match rant following the club's 2-0 Champions League defeat against Arsenal on Wednesday.

Uli Hoeness
GettyImagesUli Hoeness fears that Bayern's title win was too easy

Hoeness lashed out at his team after the game, labelling their performance as "rubbish". The Bayern chief also took aim at local paper Abendzeitung, calling them "clueless", but was critical of the media in general.

However, on Thursday Hoeness called up Abendzeitung to reveal there was some method to his madness.

"I wanted to shake things up," he said. "I had a go at AZ as a representative for everyone believing we will not lose a single match. I had seen it coming. You were the ones who on the day of the Dusseldorf match wrote it was only about if it's going to be 5-0 or 10-0."

Abendzeitung had speculated as to whether Bayern would win the Arsenal clash 2-0 or 4-0 – something which Hoeness took particular exception to.

"It is always railed against the Bayern arrogance but I have come to realise that the media obviously is more arrogant when it comes to giving an opinion about our opponents," he said.

"It is hard for the players to not notice that vibe. In the end, they believe the praise that is written. That's the danger: that you don't realise when things start going wrong. You also have to write that all is not well and which mistakes we make."

Hoeness continued and criticised the "love, peace and harmony" atmosphere in the Bayern squad, something he believes could jeopardize the club's chances of success.

"We might not be there in the decisive moments in the Champions League. We need more friction to spring those last five per cent again. The players need to get into a panic again," Hoeness said "This feel-good world has to end. You will not have success in the Champions League this way. You need the absolute will, which was missing against Arsenal. I have seen it all coming."