Barcelona’s Sport spokesman slams Bayern Munich boss Oliver Khan for dragging them into the Champions League and suggests he lacks “respect” for their opponents
- Sport defended himself against Bayern Munich boss Oliver Kahn for the Champions League reaction
- The former goalkeeper grinned as Bayern drew Barcelona
- Barca Outlet Sport have claimed that Kahn was ‘disrespectful’ after the incident
- Draw sets up a spectacular reunion between Bayern and Robert Lewandowski
In the so-called ‘Group of Death’, Bayern Munich were joined with Barcelona, Inter Milan and Viktoria Pilsen in Thursday’s Champions League draw.
But Bayern boss Oliver Kahn couldn’t contain his emotions as the German side were drawn alongside Barcelona. As Barca joined Bayern in Group C, the camera panned to former goalkeeper Kahn – who was pictured grinning in the draw.
The images sparked an angry reaction in Spain, with Catalan newspaper Sport writing: “Kahn scoffs at Barça. It was an unusual reaction from a manager attending the draw where respect is the norm.’
Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn has been criticized for his reaction to the Champions League draw
The former goalkeeper grinned as Bayern were drawn alongside Barcelona
Catalan outlet Sport have claimed Kahn lacks ‘respect’ after reacting to the tie
The result is a striking reunion between Bayern and their ex-striker Robert Lewandowski. The 34-year-old joined Barca this summer after helping the German side win eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League in eight seasons.
And Bayern striker Thomas Müller sent a message to his former teammate ahead of the clash between the two teams. Muller said on Instagram: “Mr. Lewangoalski, see you soon in Munich. I look forward to it.’
The Poland international is yet to react to the draw but previously revealed he doesn’t want to be drawn against Bayern in the group stage of the competition.
In an interview with SPORT BILD, Lewandowski said: “No, it doesn’t have to be a preliminary round yet. Bayern should play against other teams first…’
Draw sets up a spectacular reunion between Bayern and former striker Robert Lewandowski
Bayern’s Thomas Müller (right) said he was looking forward to playing against his ex-teammate
The two teams played in the same Champions League group last season, with Bayern beating their Spanish opponents 3-0 in both encounters.
And Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic couldn’t help but think that it was fate that the two teams got back together.
Salihamidzic said: “Only football writes such stories. We are looking forward to it. We had them last season too. Barcelona have strengthened well, they have a top team, of course also with Lewy. These will be two very exciting games.”
He added: “Obviously we’re favourites, but it’s not easy. The group is tough, but we’re all looking forward to it. These are top stadiums and attractive opponents.”