On Friday, FC Bayern Munich meets FC Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals. Sports director Karl-Heinz Rummenigge warned of the game especially against one player: Lionel Messi.
“Barcelona has been Messi for over ten years. He is a player who has dominated a decade as probably the best player in the world,”Rummenigge swarmed at”Sky”and added:”Barcelona lives on Messi. We have to see that we control him to some extent and take him out of the game.”
This task is given to Alphonso Davies:”If Messi appears on his side, Alphonso will take care of him. This will be a difficult but interesting task.”After all, Davies has not been so often overcrowded or drifted this year.
But Messi is not the only one who assumes danger. Barca has “a collection of superstars”, as Rummenigge emphasised. But we also have a great team,”the 64-year-old made it clear:”I think we have to play with respect and a shot of humility, but without any fear.”
Racism accusation: Rummenigge announces consequences
In the interview Rummenigge also spoke about the racism allegation against an employee in the youth performance center and announced the club’s early steps.
“There will also be consequences in a timely manner there. Our internal investigations are over pretty quickly. This story, of course, does not fit in at all with the values that FC Bavaria represents,”said the 64-year-old.
Rummenigge referred to the”Red against Racism”campaign launched a few months ago, with which the German football record champion wants to put a sign against exclusion, insults and intolerance.” It should not be forgotten that we are a club that has always fought against racism,”said the director.
The magazine”Sport Inside”of the”WDR”reported on Tuesday on the suspicion of racism on the Bavarian campus. As a result, serious accusations would be made against a club employee who has been active as a trainer in the youth department for a long time.
In discussions about the obligation of players, the employee allegedly used racist expressions. The German Football Record Champion confirmed the case, but initially refused to give an official opinion with reference to a review.
The report on the subject also alerted the Munich Police State Protection Department and began investigations.