In the aftermath of a disappointing Champions League defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich, Manchester City players Martin Demichelis and Yaya Toure have attracted headlines for dealings with former managers.
Manchester City defender Martn Demichelis has given the controversy hungry tabloid hacks something to write about in the wake of a bad week for English clubs in Europe. The Argentine centre back had been a Bayern Munich stalwart, spending 8 years with the Bavarians, but things turned sour when current Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal took the helm at the Bundesliga club at the start of the 2009/10 season. The Argentine clearly didn’t feel the love, and had became a peripheral figure in the Dutchman’s regime before been offloaded to Malaga in 2010. Now with his career rehabilitated in Manchester City colours the veteran centre half clearly isn’t taking a forgive and forget view on the episode, his rant at the United boss was quoted in that august media institution, The Sun.
“I achieved a great deal at Munich. I used my strengths to win a place in the first team.’I became a fan of the club. I felt like a favourite son. But from the first moment Van Gaal arrived at Bayern the place began to stink.”
Clearly Demichelis felt he should have been accorded greater deference by van Gaal, but that wouldn’t be Dutchman style as some of the Red Devil’s superstars will doubtless learn. While the more reserved Citizen’s boss Manuel Pelligrini might prefer his player to do his talking on the pitch, the outburst spices things up nicely for the upcoming Manchester derby.
Demichelis’ City team mate Yaya Toure conversely enjoys a much better relationship with his former boss, Pep Guardiola who is now the Bayern Munich manager. The two worked together in Barcelona a few years back. As the rest of the crestfallen City players were trundling off the pitch in the wake of a heartbreaking last minute defeat to Bayern Munich in last nights champions league tie, the Ivorian embraced Gaurdiola warmly during a cordial exchange. And while many would see this exhibition of man love in a football setting refreshing the Citizens’ fans took a dimmer of view of the encounter. They took to social media to vent their frustrations, these are a few of the Tweets.
“Yaya put more energy into hugging Pep after the game than he did during the game.”
“What’s with Yaya Toure laughing and joking with Pep at the end there?? Should have pulled ya finger out tonight instead!! Certainly not funny!!”
You could accuse the fans of having a short memory given the midfielder’s barnstorming performances last season which drove City on to the title, but it seems the birthday cake fiasco may have left a bitter a test.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.