The long-time Bundesliga coach Felix Magath has criticized the lack of competition in Germany’s top division. Magath is also not a supporter of the move from Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann to Bayern – and Hasan Salihamidzic jumps aside.
“If I was interested in football, I would be interested in competition. But I rarely see such a competition in the Bundesliga,” Magath explained to the online portal t-online. “It’s been like this for nine years. And that won’t change next year.”
The fact that Nagelsmann, one of the greatest German coaching talents, will join the already best team, will only increase the existing gap, predicted Magath, who won the national double with Bayern in 2005 and 2006.
The 67-year-old is particularly critical of the distribution of television money. “Nothing is done for the competition. Everyone has their interests. But it has nothing to do with competition,” said Magath and gave an example: “When one club in the Bundesliga has a turnover of almost 800 million euros and another only 200 million Euro – who should be the stronger one? ” In the 2018/19 season, the Munich team (750.4 million euros) and the club with the second highest turnover (BVB, 489.5 million) separated more than 250 million euros.
In the conflict between still Bayern coach Hansi Flick and sports director Hasan Salihamidzic, Magath protects his former player: “The viewers of a scene always need someone to blame. At FC Bayern, the observers have chosen Hasan Salihamidzic as the culprit, which does not do justice to the situation becomes.”