|Hungary Head Coach|
|Desc||Lothar Matthaus may not have enjoyed many noteworthy triumphs during his coaching career but the legendary midfielder did pull off a major shock during his time in charge of Hungary, whom he led to a 2-0 victory over Germany. Rudi Voller, his 1990 World Cup-winning team-mate, still remembers it well – as he was on the opposite bench|
|Org||Germany National Team|
|Club as Coach||Hungary National Team|
|Club as Player||Bayern Munich|
2013 11 02 Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus on Franck Ribery] Franck has a great chance of winning the Ballon d’Or. He certainly deserves it. He has thrilled us all with his outstanding displays at Bayern, not only with his dribbling but also with his work-rate. In 1990 I had the chance to play for two of the world’s best sides: Inter Milan and Germany. Team-work was the key in both of those sides, and Franck has learned that recently. My top three for the award would be Ribery, Lahm and Lewandowski, although I fear Messi may win a fifth in a row
2013 12 31 Retrieve
[Matthaus gets a tad melodramatic over Gotze’s decision to leave Dortmund for Bayern Munich] The fans feel betrayed. The comments Mario Gotze made in the recent past [about wanting to stay at Dortmund] don’t make him credible. This damages the whole of football
2015 01 10 Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus on Lukas Podolski] He tweets more than he plays
2015 05 16 Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus on Pep Guardiola] Guardiola has already said that their season is over and he’s been rotating his team so much that he’s unsettling the team. His team no longer has the stability they had for over eight months, enchanting football fans up and down Germany. It seems the players are losing a bit of belief in the coach
2016 08 06 Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus, the Bayern Munich legend, stated that Leroy Sane should have stayed in Germany for a while yet] Sane will make several times his Schalke wages at Manchester City and that has been decisive in his decision to make the move
2016 11 19 Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus gives some insight into his football upbringing that led to success at the highest levels of the game] I come from a moderately successful footballing family. My father played in the fifth tier of German football while my brother was in the third division, but I was always captivated by the sport. I was always the youngest and the smallest and repeatedly had to hold my own against bigger opponents to make sure I didn’t lose every game. That was a huge incentive for me
2017 02 08 Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus on Philipp Lahm] Philipp made a smart decision to retire from international football after Germany won the World Cup in 2014. He did very well because he saw that it was no longer possible to combine the two. That decision allowed him to focus on Bayern. So one has to accept his decision now as well
Personally, I still believed in him as a right-back even against the fastest opponents. I think he still had a few years in him. To leave the game altogether comes as quite a surprise. I find it hard to understand his decision to turn down the offer to become sporting director. A chance like that might come only once in a lifetime. There is no guarantee the situation will not be completely different in 2019. He might no longer be the top candidate then
2017 02 25 Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus gives his views on the club’s current form] We know how Carlo Ancelotti’s formation functions by now. In order to be successful, Arjen Robben, Frank Ribery and Thiago are irreplaceable. Ancelotti has a much bigger chance of winning the Champions League when these three players and Robert Lewandowski are all on the pitch at the same time. He has found his best starting XI for the big games. I know what Thomas Muller has done for Bayern and what he has achieved, but there is no room for him at Bayern in the big games
2017 08 29 Retrieve
[Thomas Muller vents his frustration at being dropped to the Bayern Munich bench] He needs a coach who wants him
2018 03 17 Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus revealed one of the stories from the night Bayern Munich dramatically lost to Manchester United in the 1999 UEFA Champions League final] We were winning 1-0 against Manchester United in the Champions League final when president Franz Beckenbauer went into the elevator at the Camp Nou. A minute later, when he got out of the lift and arrived down at pitchside, the scoreboard said 2-1 to United. He said to the security guy there: ‘What is this? Is it a joke? It was 1-0 to Bayern Munich. It’s a mistake’. The security guy told him United had scored two goals. Franz said: ‘No, I don’t believe this. They didn’t score any goals’. Soon he realised that, yes, Manchester United had scored two goals – in the one minute that he was in the elevator
2019 04 04 Retrieve
[Germany legend Lothar Matthaus singled the defender out, claiming he cared more about how he looked off the pitch than how he performed on it] For Boateng, I think [the question should be], is football the most important thing or is it the sunglasses and the earrings?.
First, things have to be right on the pitch. These are signs of the outside, which the fans do not want to see. We treat every player like this, especially if the performance on the pitch isn’t right.
But they do not have that with Boateng. You have to ask yourself – was the focus on football? Personally, I would not have brought in a hairdresser. I’m going to the hairdresser, but here in Moscow
2019 07 29 Retrieve
[German legend Lothar Matthaus says Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz can one day win the Ballon d’Or] He has set the bar very high. For me, he was the player of the season, and if Havertz can maintain this high level, with that lightness, cleverness, presence on the pitch and scoring goals, then he could eventually become my successor as a world footballer of the year
He can play in the Champions League, and then he will probably make the move to a very big club. He has shown what he is capable of
2019 08 15 Retrieve
[Matthaus unconvinced by Bayern Munich’s Ivan Perisic signing] The only small inconvenience is that Perisic doesn’t have the speed to go past the rivals in one-on-one [situations] that characterises Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman. Of course, this is due to his age
2019 08 16 Retrieve
[Bayern Munich’s doomed search for a superstar winger. Bayern legend Lothar Matthaus doubts Dembele would embrace the club’s ‘Mia San Mia’ mindset] Dembele is a high-quality football player, but I don’t believe in his mentality because I know his story from the last three or four years. He protested to leave Dortmund and then at Barcelona, he came late to training and this is not good for team spirit. Gareth Bale is not what Bayern Munich are looking for because of his age. He also has his problems in Real Madrid and he is not the type of player for Bayern Munich to plan for the future
2019 08 26 Retrieve
[Germany and Bayern legend Lothar Matthaus has backed Kai Havertz to win the Ballon d’Or in the next few years] For me, he was the player of the season [in 2018-19], and if Havertz can maintain this high level, with that lightness, cleverness, presence on the pitch and scoring goals, then he could eventually become my successor as a world footballer of the year
2019 08 27 Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus says that he believes that Philippe Coutinho and Robert Lewandowski could be a dream duo as he sees the Brazilian as a perfect complement to the most complete No. 9 in the world] Coutinho flashed off his fine technique in the 30 minutes that Niko Kovac gave him at Schalke, and he seems to have arrived in Munich with great pleasure, especially with Robert Lewandowski. This can become an absolute dream duo in Germany and Europe, the Brazilian magic foot and the best striker in the world. Of course, I repeat myself, because I emphasize for years that Robert for me is the best and most complete No. 9 out there
[And that consistency, both in scoring and staying healthy] The most incredible thing about him is that he has played 96 per cent of the possible competitive games for Bayern since he got there, which makes me realize that he does not really make enough money for these incredible statistics. A player with such a record, even apart from his goals, would have to make even more money in relation to someone who only plays 50 or 60 percent of the possible games
2019 10 17 Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus says Christian Eriksen’s too slow for Bayern Munich] I have been following the player for a long time, and he has disappointed me so far in 2019. A transfer to FC Bayern would not make any sense for me and would be very surprising. For me, he is not a player who helps Bayern. If he is not enough for Tottenham, he is not good enough for Bayern. Uli Hoeness has also said that Bayern do not need substitutes
Eriksen is a fine technician, a typical number 10. But he’s too slow, and Niko Kovac likes fast players. For me, Eriksen is not the kind of player who makes all the difference at the highest level, so concentrate on the transfer of Kai Havertz next summer, and you still have Philippe Coutinho, who plays well as a 10. Do not forget Thomas Muller, who can play any position offensively and should not give up, I stick to it: Eriksen makes no sense to me
2019 11 05 Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus claiming that former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri would be the most exciting solution] The names are Jose Mourinho, Massimilano Allegri, Erik ten Hag, Ralf Rangnick and Arsene Wenger. To be honest, I could imagine them all at FC Bayern. They are great names, great coaches and everyone brings something very interesting. The question that only a few can answer, however, is: What does Bayern want? Where do the German champions want to go? What do you want to stand for? What would the bosses on the field want to see in the future?
Mourinho I would rule out. I admire him and everything he has achieved and won in the past with many clubs. But I believe that his character and his way of working does not fit Bayern and a lot of unrest would prevail. But it would be spectacular, especially for the media.
Wenger would have some advantages. He could easily communicate with the large faction of French players (similar to Arsenal) at Bayern and with all the Germans and the bosses. He’s 70 years old, but at a similar age to Jupp Heynckes who also enjoyed great success. Certainly that would not be a solution for many years.
Ralf Rangnick recently proved in Leipzig that he can create a perfect balance between defensive and offensive. His football is attractive and successful. Whether in the past things have stuck between Rangnick and Bayern, or the RB past would be a problem for fans, I cannot judge.
Massimiliano Allegri? If Bayern does not necessarily want a coach who speaks German, he would be the most exciting solution for me. A great name, incredibly successful with Juventus, a gentleman and football man of the very highest category and he could easily talk to Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in Italian.
Erik ten Hag? If it is important to the bosses that the new guy speaks our language, then I would make the Ajax coach first choice. His team plays wonderful offensive football. He has thrown Juve and Real deservedly out of the competition in the last Champions League and only by a miracle did not reach the final. In addition, he has already won some national titles. Ten Hag knows Bayern, because he has already trained there, is 49 years old and could be a man for the present and future. He has helped players like Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt to become world class
2019 11 05b Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus feels Bayern should go all out to get Allegri, insisting he would be a better option than former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Mourinho] Mourinho I would rule out. I admire him and everything he has achieved and won in the past with many clubs. But I believe that his character and his way of working does not fit Bayern and a lot of unrest would prevail. But it would be spectacular, especially for the media
If Bayern does not necessarily want a coach who speaks German, [Allegri] would be the most exciting solution for me. A great name, incredibly successful with Juventus, a gentleman and football man of the very highest category and he could easily talk to Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in Italian
2019 11 14 Retrieve
[Matthaus: No better solution for Bayern than Guardiola] If Bayern want to play possession football, there is no better solution than Guardiola. It would be a win for Bayern Munich and for the Bundesliga
2019 11 15 Retrieve
[It is the Catalan that the legendary Lothar Matthaus would like to see taking charge of the team next season] If Bayern want to play possession football, there is no better solution than Guardiola. It would be a win for Bayern Munich and for the Bundesliga
2019 11 21 Retrieve
[Germany legend and former Gladbach man Lothar Matthaus has compared Denis Zakaria to Toni Kroos, which is more instructive than the chronically overused new Vieira and new Pogba tags] I’m glad that Gladbach have found another pearl. At his age, I was still earning my first stripes for Borussia
2019 11 26 Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus says Borussia Dortmund signing Juventus duo Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic would go a long way to solving the troubled Bundesliga club’s problems] Their biggest shortcoming is, in my opinion, that they simply have too few winners. Only Mats Hummels and maybe Mario Gotze have really had any great success. Even Marco Reus has only won the DFB-Pokal once. Very few know what it means to lift a big trophy in the air. They lack the certain something that you need to be successful – greed for success
Both [Can and Mandzukic] have this absolute will to win something and have already done so at national and international level. Neither of them are appreciated by Juve as they would like to be and I know that that are ready for a transfer and are available for a reasonable price. If I was at Dortmund, I would get on the plane to Turin straight away and try to sign them both. They know the Bundesliga, they speak the language, they would most likely be able to play straight away and they bring the kind of character on the pitch that Dortmund fans love. Aggressive, combative, giving everything to the last second. They never leave the pitch with a clean shirt. Can is a really good number six and can also play in central defence. Despite his age, Mandzukic is one of the most unpleasant opponents you can imagine as a defender, and both are great team players. They would be two great reinforcements for Dortmund
2019 12 10 Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus claims Bayern Munich have lost their fear factor] The opponents have lost their fear and awe of Bayern Munich. Even if teams fall behind, they still believe they can win, and some even manage to do so. This was extremely rare in the past. If Bayern continue to weaken, and Gladbach, Leipzig or Dortmund continue to play consistently well, it will be tense until the end of the season. Except for Bayern and their fans, everyone is happy. But everyone should know that you can never write off the record champions
Overall, the team of Hansi Flick lacks balance. The formation at the weekend [in a 2-1 defeat to leaders Borussia Monchengladbach] surprised me. Why did [Joshua] Kimmich suddenly have to play at right-back? Why was [Thomas] Muller on the right wing, where his strengths do not come into their own, and why was the fast [Benjamin] Pavard ignored? I did not understand those decisions. Now, Munich are six points behind Leipzig and seven behind Gladbach. The four other teams standing in front of them are not that far away. It will be much more difficult this season than in recent times to take the lead again. Last year, they only had to hunt down the Dortmunders. Currently, there are two teams with a big gap and then Leverkusen, Schalke, Freiburg and the resurgent BVB
2020 01 02 Retrieve
[He could have been at PSG or Man City so why has Julian Weigl moved to Benfica?] When I watch Julian Weigl for Dortmund, I am reminded of Pep Guardiola in Barcelona’s centre midfield
2020 01 25 Retrieve
[Matthaus: Bayern Munich should be counted among Champions League favourites] Behind Liverpool, I also trust five or six teams to win the title - Bayern is one of them. Liverpool are the ultimate, although I am not sure if the team can hold on to this level until the end. If Bayern keep that verve that they now have, you can think of the Champions League title. It is important that players like Robert Lewandowski, who make the difference, are in top shape for when it heats up
I think the atmosphere at Bayern is right again. I don’t want to be too hard on Niko Kovac because I respect him. But something was wrong. You have heard things that made you suspect that the team was not going along. Hansi Flick brought back the Jupp Heynckes feeling and united the team. Bayern are now playing a lot more dominant again, even if they just lost two Bundesliga games [against Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen]. That’s why I believe that Hansi Flick is a coach for Bayern - even beyond this season
But it will remain a tight deal until the end, a three-way battle between Bayern, Leipzig and Dortmund. The title will only go to one of these three clubs. I would also be very happy for Gladbach - I had posters of the club in my room as a child. But I don’t think the squad is quite there yet. They never played consistently for a long time in the first half of the season
2020 02 24 Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus says Bayern Munich backed to knock Chelsea out of Europe] Bayern is the clear favourite. This is no longer the big Chelsea from the past with players like Michael Ballack, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba. It is a very young team that has undergone a change. Therefore I assume that Bayern will reach the next round with two good performances. In terms of quality, Bayern is well ahead of Chelsea. In the Premier League, the Blues are only fourth, more than 30 points behind Liverpool. [N’Golo Kante](n-golo-kante.html) is also injured. Overall, the team no longer has the shine of earlier days
Since Flick has been coach, Bayern have been quiet. This is comparable to the [Jupp] Heynckes period. The club and the entire environment have moved closer together. This is transferred to the fans and the team. Hansi has a good feel for a team, he is great in human and communicative terms. I think three titles are possible, but everything has to fit. It is important that Lucas Hernandez and Kingsley Coman are in top shape to give the team more quality. There are now options in the squad again, strong players can also come from the squad. Bayern 2013 treble-winning side also recognised this
2020 03 03 Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus says Thomas Tuchel the only alternative to Hansi Flick but current Bayern coach is the best fit] Since he has been there, there has been peace and unity in the club and especially in the team. Nobody complains because they are not allowed to play or because they don’t like the training. No one expresses a derogatory manner towards the manager or publicly expresses their frustration. That is all his doing. And in all this it should not be forgotten that the Bavarians usually play really beautiful, dominant and winning football. Even Robert Lewandowski can be replaced for a few games. Of course, they may end up not winning the title or drop out of the Champions League, but you can’t wait till the end of the season to offer a contract, it must be determined on sporting results, and who would do better than Flick at the moment?
The only alternative seems to be Thomas Tuchel. Whether he fits better than Flick at Bayern, I dare to say I doubt that very much. Let’s put it this way, if two of the greatest Bayern coaches of all time, namely Jupp Heynckes and Ottmar Hitzfeld, are in favour of a future for Flick at Bayern, I can only agree
2020 03 21 Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus says He can’t see Gotze joining a top club] I can’t see him joining a top club. Mario has achieved so much and secured the World Cup for us [in 2014]. He had great years at Dortmund and also had his moments at Bayern. But you have to ask: Where is a type of player like Gotze in demand? He has to take a step down in his career, not just club-wise, but also in terms of salary
2020 04 06 Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus says Flick has restored ‘harmony’ at Bayern] It would have been incomprehensible if Bayern hadn’t extended it with him. Hansi absolutely deserves this. Bayern are on the right track with him. It’s a harmony like last seen under Jupp Heynckes, the team plays great football. He has improved the team overall, football-wise and tactically. In addition, there are his human dealings
Thanks to him, players like Jerome Boateng and Thomas Müller have once again reached their top level. Hansi also relies on young players like Alphonso Davies or Joshua Zirkzee. This is important because Bayern wants to ensure that the young players find their way from the youth centre. Hansi can shape a new era in Bavaria
[When asked if Manuel Neuer and David Alaba - whose contracts expire in 2021 - could also be tied down to fresh terms now that Flick’s future is secure] It could be a sign to all players who have not yet renewed their contract: Thiago, Thomas Muller, Alaba, Neuer.
Flick has raved enormously about Neuer in recent weeks, calling him the world’s best goalkeeper. Conversely, the esteem is just as great. Bayern will remain the clear number one. The entire constellation with Flick, the team and Oliver Kahn on the board fits, the ‘Mia san mia’ is lived again
[Matthaus added on Bayern’s chances of winning the Champions League this season] Bayern have never been far away from the top in Europe, so I saw losing to Liverpool last season as an accident. Of course, the chances under Flick are excellent
2020 04 07 Retrieve
He is more flexible in the field, his character may correspond a little bit more to the wishes of those responsible. The risk of agitation is significantly lower. He can play at the very front in [Robert] Lewandowski’s place, hanging behind or on the wings. And he should also be cheaper.
I don’t understand why they didn’t sign him before when he was on a silver platter. But better late than never. He has clearly developed again this season. Sane was unable to make up ground due to his long injury. Both players would be total added value for Bayern. But if I had to choose today, I would be making room for Timo Werner.
I know this club really well and I’ve known this person for a long time. You never know exactly what’s going on in football, but it was 99.9 per cent clear to me from the start that Bayern and Flick would go together. I know how he works, how he talks to players, how he gets the best out of everyone, gets respect and ends up playing attractive football. He is so meticulous that he plans the training in the evening and even thinks about who is in what position for each pass, to perfectly simulate every game situation
2020 04 07b Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus claims Manuel Neuer is unlikely to be at Bayern Munich next season] I can understand his desire for security and a long contract very well. But five years is also a long time. He should, as mentioned, not forget how loyal FC Bayern was to him in every phase. For both sides, it would be wonderful if Manuel stays a few years more. He should first extend for three years and if he’s still healthy and performs he’ll get the next contract.
I think the signs are pointing to his departure. He wants to play. He wants to play more often and longer. In light of his quality, that’s understandable. Probably a little more was expected of him, and the expectations he put on himself were undoubtedly higher. I don’t think that he will still be playing in Munich next season
[One man who has committed to fresh terms at Bayern is Thomas Muller] I don’t see any potential for discussion here. Frankly, Thomas doesn’t fit any other club in the world better than FC Bayern. There’s nothing more to say about that
2020 04 16 Retrieve
[RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano has been urged to stay at the club by Lothar Matthaus] He’s a young player, highly rated, fast, has a good positional game and uses his body well for a 21-year-old. But a year or two in Leipzig would not hurt him.
Leipzig are a top team - one of the last eight remaining in the Champions League.
I can still see one or two per cent where he can learn, but he’s a huge player and that’s why I’m not surprised that top clubs in Europe are after him.
2020 04 16b Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus says Dayot Upamecano should think twice about swapping RB Leipzig for Bayern Munich] I can see him playing for all the big club when he gets more experience. If he does leave, he needs to make sure his new coach or club gives him the confidence to play regularly - as he is doing at Leipzig. He’s a young player, highly rated, fast, has a good positional game and uses his body well for a 21-year-old. But a year or two in Leipzig would not hurt him. Leipzig are a top team - one of the last eight remaining in the Champions League. I can still see one or two per cent where he can learn, but he’s a huge player and that’s why I’m not surprised that top clubs in Europe are after him. But you can’t speculate much about change because you need to see how the [coronavirus] situation develops
2020 04 28 Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus believes that Mario Gotze isn’t fast enough to play in the Bundesliga anymore] I assume that his time at Dortmund has ended. I would be very surprised if there could be an agreement in the upcoming negotiations. Today, his way of playing football is no longer in demand. Above all, he lacks speed to keep up with the football that Dortmund and many other top clubs practice. The move to FC Bayern was not what he dreamed of in the end. He never really got back to his best at Dortmund after his return.
Gotze must find a club and above all a coach who builds around him and aligns the game plans with him. It is quite possible that Italy would be a suitable league for him. At least the game is not played so quickly there and that would benefit him. He has no lack of will. I have seen him play a few times and one can certainly not accuse him of listlessness or lack of ambition. But he is also not the player you want to see running 30 metres back to win balls deep in his own half. Gotze is not a football worker. If he has to do such tasks, I’m almost sorry
2020 05 04 Retrieve
[Former midfielder Lothar Matthaus believes Flick could even guide them to the heights they reached under the Champions League winner] Not only did the quality change at Bayern under Flick, but also the whole atmosphere. What Jupp Heynckes left behind has returned. I believe that Hansi Flick can follow in the footsteps of Udo Lattek, Ottmar Hitzfeld and Jupp Heynckes
2020 05 15 Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus has warned Timo Werner against joining Liverpool] I think Timo is a Liverpool player in mentality and style. He is a very fast and strong player. He is direct and doesn’t like to just hold onto the ball. Jurgen Klopp likes fast players in attack and Werner has pace, but he has to play. At Leipzig, Timo has his position. He is a fixed player in the system of Julian Nagelsmann. But Liverpool are one of the best clubs in the world. They are strong not only in the Premier League but the Champions League as well. They have a lot of players who are very good. Sure, Werner could fit in at Liverpool but he likes to play the big games and he would have to get someone out of the team. I am talking about Mane, Salah or Firmino. I think when all these players are fit to play, then Werner would sit on the bench, which is not good, as he is a player who loves to play all the time. So, maybe it would be better to have another year at Leipzig. This season, for example, he has improved a lot, and not only in terms of the number of goals he has scored, but how he is playing overall. He can be a Liverpool player in the future but he would be unhappy if he has to sit out big games on the bench. For this reason, if I were his manager, I would tell him to spend another year at Leipzig and to get ready for playing for the German national team at the European Championship in 2021. I am sure he will not finish his career at RB Leipzig and that he will soon play in the Premier League. But I just hope it is not next season
[Matthaus is not predicting a straightforward home win, he does feel Leipzig are in a very strong position to challenge for the title] Freiburg has nothing to lose, they are safe in the middle of the table with a lot of points and they have done a good job this season. But Leipzig are favourites and still have a chance to win the Bundesliga. They have already played twice against Bayern Munich, Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen, so the only big game left is Borussia Dortmund at home. Of course, they need to hope Bayern and Dortmund make mistakes and lose points but I think Leipzig can still win it. They weren’t in the best form before the break but they are only five points behind and have good quality and harmony in the club. Nobody is putting pressure on them either. Of course, they are also only three points ahead of Leverkusen in fifth, so they could just as easily lose their Champions League spot as win the title! But they are a well-run club and, at the very least, I expect them to make it back into the Champions League again next year
2020 05 15b Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus was stunned by Jadon Sancho’s transfer from Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund in 2017] I was watching in the gym and I stopped the training session to call a friend of mine who works in the sport to ask, ‘Who is the English guy on the left-wing?’. My friend told me, ‘His name is Sancho and he plays for Manchester City.’ I thought ‘Wow! He is a great player and he will have a great career.’ Then, he signed for Dortmund six months later and I was like, ‘How could Pep Guardiola let this great player go?’. I didn’t understand it at the time, as I knew Guardiola had a good eye for young talent. And Sancho had speed, made assists, scored goals and was always running. Sure, he wasn’t working defensively back then but he didn’t need to; a young player is never perfect. But I saw the talent in him, so I was happy he went to Dortmund. It has helped him develop. Maybe he will go back to England but I know Dortmund will ask for a lot of money for this diamond. He is very good and we like having him here in the Bundesliga. He is one of the best things we have ever got from England! He is a good ambassador for the Bundesliga; he is young and full of confidence. He still has a contract and I hope Dortmund do everything they can to keep him in the league for another one or two years
[The fact that the game will be played behind closed doors at Signal Iduna Park makes it difficult to predict the outcome] From the beginning of March to now, it’s completely different. I don’t know who is better prepared, or anything about the condition of the players or the injured players coming back. It is a bit of a lottery at the moment but it will be a really big game. It is like Chelsea and Arsenal: a big fight between two teams with a long history and many good players. Two years ago, both teams were playing in the Champions League. Sure, Dortmund played well in the last weeks before coronavirus and I think they are the favourites and it’s a home game for them. However, is that really in their favour now? Normally, at a Dortmund game, you have the support of 80,000 people behind you. They are the best home team in the Bundesliga but now they have to answer these strange questions: Where are the fans? Where is the atmosphere? They have a good team, though, I think they will compete for the championship with Bayern Munich. So, Dortmund is, for me, the favourite against Schalke.
[Bundesliga is the first of Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues to return to action] It is a special moment for football. If the Germans can do it well, then everybody can do it. Discipline is very important – not on the field but off it. Everybody has to follow the rules. I cannot say how the players are feeling, of course. I never experienced such a situation. I always travelled to the stadium with my team-mates and in the same dressing room as everybody else. Now, everything is different and I am very interested in seeing how they handle this. It is not easy for them. Everything has changed from eight weeks ago and the world is looking at us – and not only the football world. Everybody. We can be an example for each sport and for each competition. Nobody knows what will happen after these games, but we have done everything possible to make it work
2020 05 15c Retrieve
[Matthaus says Haaland should stay at Dortmund for now and resist Real Madrid move] He is a player who would fit very well in Madrid, but now he needs to play because he is a very young boy and he is only 19 years old, perhaps he would not play the important matches because he would have competition with Benzema
2020 05 24 Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus believes Gotze switch to Hertha Berlin would be a wise decision] If he should stay in the Bundesliga, [he should go to] Hertha. This idea has a charm. He can improve the quality of play at Hertha
2020 06 06 Retrieve
[Germany legend Lothar Matthaus also called on Dortmund’s senior squad members to lead the way for Jadon Sancho] If the club or the DFL cannot regulate [social distancing measures], then the players simply have to regulate it. There are such experienced players at Borussia Dortmund. They have to take Sancho aside and say to him: ‘Listen, it doesn’t work! You hurt not only yourself, but you harm us, the club. Such things don’t belong in public right now!’
2020 06 09 Retrieve
[Lothar Matthaus claims Bayern Munich can afford to sign Leroy Sane and Kai Havertz in the same transfer window and should be considering raids on Manchester City and Bayer Leverkusen] Bayern could economically handle both transfers and buy Sane and Havertz at the same time. Before a big change, though, every top player asks himself the question: Where can I be almost sure to play if I perform? The Leverkusen player [Havertz], who is sure to be hunted by the vast majority of clubs, should in my eyes have the character and quality to assert himself at Real, Barcelona, Juventus or the top English clubs. A change may be more apparent at a club like Real. [Toni] Kroos and [Luka] Modric will no longer establish an era there. Havertz has made a very good impression on me and that, paired with insane talent, means he has what it takes to show his class abroad. But of course Bayern will also be a factor. It could also be an option to agree on the season after next, with Bayern allowing him to stay in Leverkusen for another year – especially if they qualify for the Champions League. Then Thomas Muller will be a year-and-a-half older and the prospects for Kai are even better than they are already. He will certainly cost at least 80 million, and only because of the current crisis. Otherwise we would be talking about a three-figure amount. Bayern must and will strengthen with top players. I assume that [Corentin] Tolisso may have the desire to change clubs in order to get more appearances, because he currently cannot get past [Joshua] Kimmich, [Leon] Goretzka, Thiago and [Thomas] Muller. [Javi] Martinez doesn’t matter anymore either, and [Philippe] Coutinho won’t play at Bayern next season. That means transfer income and salary savings. That’s why I think FCB could buy Sane and Havertz. Whether they do this or wait for the situation with the coronavirus to be over is open to debate.
2020 06 10 Retrieve
[Matthaus says Leroy Sane and Kai Havertz may make this team better. But you only know that when they are there. Of course there is no doubt that both are outstanding and that Bayern Munich would certainly not get weaker, on the contrary] Bayern could economically handle both transfers and buy Sane and Havertz at the same time. Before a big change, though, every top player asks himself the question: Where can I be almost sure to play if I perform? The Leverkusen player [Havertz], who is sure to be hunted by the vast majority of clubs, should in my eyes have the character and quality to assert himself at Real, Barcelona, Juventus or the top English clubs. Havertz has made a very good impression on me and that, paired with insane talent, means he has what it takes to show his class abroad. But of course Bayern will also be a factor. It could also be an option to agree on the season after next, with Bayern allowing him to stay in Leverkusen for another year – especially if they qualify for the Champions League
2020 06 16 Retrieve
[Former Bayern captain Lothar Matthaus expressed his view that his old club can afford to sign Havertz] Havertz, who is sure to be hunted by the vast majority of clubs, should in my eyes have the character and quality to assert himself at Real, Barcelona, Juventus or the top English clubs. Havertz has made a very good impression on me and that, paired with insane talent, means he has what it takes to show his class abroad. But of course Bayern will also be a factor. It could also be an option to agree on the season after next, with Bayern allowing him to stay in Leverkusen for another year – especially if they qualify for the Champions League. Then Thomas Muller will be a year-and-a-half older and the prospects for Kai are even better than they are already. He will certainly cost at least €80 million, and only because of the current crisis. Otherwise we would be talking about a three-figure amount