Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, Bayern Munich’s doctor, has said that Pep Guardiola, the Bavarians’ former manager, may not be as strong as he claims. In the excerpts of his book published by German magazine, Bild, Muller-Wohlfahrt claims the Manchester City manager is ''someone with weak self-confidence'' who ''lives in fear of losing authority''.
The war between Guardiola and Muller-Wohlfahrt started when the former became manager of Bayern and had questioned the latter who had spent 38 years as the team’s doctor. At some meetings, the Germany doctor had claimed Guardiola would insult the medical team blaming injuries to star players on incompetence. His continuous ‘insults’ forced Muller-Wohlfahrt to quit the Allianz Arena in November 2015.
"Guardiola didn't have any trust in me and my team," wrote Muller-Wohlfahrt.
"On the one hand, he showed no interest in medical questions, and on the other hand, he demanded miracles from us.'"
The doctor, who has since returned to Bayern upon Guardiola’s departure, said they had engaged in a ferocious dispute in the treatment of Thiago Alcantara forcing Guardiola to send the midfielder to Ramon Cugat, a doctor in Barcelona, for treatment.
There was also an infamous incident in which Guardiola was caught sarcastically clapping Muller-Wohlfahrt after Mehdi Benatia sustained an injury during a game against Bayer Leverkusen.
Muller-Wohlfahrt goes on to explain that Guardiola, on arriving from Barcelona, had thought he would jump at his voice and take orders. He claimed the Spaniard had turned back the clock at the German giants and had more injuries than under his predecessor, Jupp Heynckes.
"At the time, Guardiola was portrayed in the media as an innovative, even revolutionary coach," the doctor writes.
"But at Bayern he really turned back the clock.
"In his first season, we had many more muscular injuries than before. He thought he knew better on everything. He would do a five-minute warm-up, and think it was fine. It was never going to go well.”
He describes one argument in which Guardiola slammed his fist down on the table:
"For the first time in my life, I raised my voice. I couldn't believe that someone who had been alive for less time than I had been in the job wasn't listening to me.'’
The doctor suggested Guardiola did all that to mask his actual lack of self-confidence.
"I think Guardiola is someone with weak self-confidence, who will do anything to disguise that from people. That's why he seems to live in constant fear, not so much of defeat, but of losing power or authority.'"
Guardiola won seven trophies during his tenure at Bayern, winning the Bundesliga all three seasons he was there, including two domestic doubles and the FIFA Club World Cup. He has won the League Cup his second season in England as City's manager and is on course to win the Premier League title before the end of the season. The Cityzens are also in contention for the UEFA Champions League title.