Bayern Munich doctor Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt has labelled former manager Pep Guardiola as a man lacking in self-confidence and living in constant fear.
The pair worked together at the Bundesliga side before the doctor’s abrupt departure in 2015, with Muller-Wohlfahrt and three of his staff claiming that Guardiola held them responsible for a 3-1 Champions League defeat to Porto. That incident came just a week after Pep had been seen clapping sarcastically at the medical staff during a DFB-Pokal clash against Bayer Leverkusen.
In his new autobiography (serialised by Bild), Muller-Wohlfahrt, who has been reinstated at Bayern, claims that Guardiola misleads others in an attempt to mask his own lack of confidence, and whose idea of ‘innovation’ set the clock back on his own medical practices at the Allianz Arena in an effort to maintain control at all times:
“Under Pep Guardiola, the climate changed at Bayern Munich, and it became more and more clear that he did not trust me and my team. On the one hand, he was totally uninterested in medical issues, but on the other hand, he demanded that we perform miracles.
“Guardiola was often portrayed in the media as an innovative, if not revolutionary, coach. But at Bayern Munich he turned the clock back tremendously. He even went so far as to turn our medically thought-out, well-rehearsed preparation program on its head before the actual football training.
“I remember one season under Jupp Heynckes, in which there were only three muscle injuries. That’s a really low number considering the demands on the players. And I do not rely on my memory or my gut feeling, but on the official statistics of the Uefa Elite Club Injury Study, in which Bayern was always among the clubs with the fewest injuries.
‘Then came Pep Guardiola. And right in the first season we had far, far more muscle injuries than in the successful 2012/13 season before. And he knew everything better: Five minutes warm-up in a rush, that had to be enough. But that could not be good. Already at the Club World Cup in Morocco at the end of his first preliminary round, every attentive spectator had to notice that the Bayern players were not fit.
“But I simply could not reach Pep Guardiola with the way I think and work. Even my reports of injured players did not interest him. Whenever I wanted to talk to him, he immediately turned away and walked away.
“I think Pep Guardiola is a person of low self-esteem, who does everything in his power to mislead others. He therefore seems to live in constant fear, not so much in defeat, but much more in the loss of power and authority.”
Bayern went on to win the second leg of the aforementioned Champions League tie by defeating Porto 5-0 in the second leg. Guardiola left Bayern at the end of the 2015/16 season to take up the mantle at Manchester City, with the Premier League now on the verge of winning the Premier League title for the first time since 2014.