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Loew laughs off claims of Bayern bias

November 18, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Germany boss Joachim Loew has rejected accusations that he favours Bayern Munich over Borussia Dortmund, insisting the rivalry between the pair is of no interest to him.

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GettyImagesJoachim Loew has given Philipp Lahm the night off against England.

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Last season’s Champions League finalists do battle in the Bundesliga this weekend but Loew has been criticised in some quarters for resting a number of Bayern players for Tuesday’s friendly against England, with Dortmund expected to provide several starters in contrast.

However, Loew is unconcerned by claims that he has given Bayern players more time to rest ahead of the biggest domestic clash of the season, telling a news conference: “Dortmund against Bayern is not my issue.

“I am only interested in England, [the pre-World Cup friendly against] Chile and the qualification afterwards. As the national team coach this is an important test for the World Cup tomorrow. That's why I have to look at me and the national team.”

Loew -- who allowed Bayern players Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer to return to their club rather than travel to England – insisted that neither Bayern coach Pep Guardiola nor  Dortmund counterpart Juergen Klopp will complain about his decisions.

“Maybe the odd club official [will have a problem],” Loew said. “But, frankly, that is not that important to me.”

England coach Gary Neville recently stated that the Three Lions should attempt to emulate the style of football played by Dortmund but Loew was seemingly unwilling to take the opportunity to add his voice to the praise.  

“Dortmund has quick transition play and plays a bit different than Bayern or the national team,” Loew explained.  

“Dortmund is not only shaped by Germans. They are also shaped by those Lewandowskis, Sahins and Micki…somethings,” he added, pretending not to know the name of Borussia’s record signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

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