Record-breaking Bayern dismiss dominance talk
Berlin: Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has backed director of sport Matthias Sammer`s angry denial that the European champion`s are dominating German football -- even with the Bavarians on a double record-breaking run.
Last season, Bayern set or equalled 25 Bundesliga records as they became the first German team to win the treble of European, league and cup titles.
Their domination has continued under new coach Pep Guardiola and they are unbeaten this season in regular competition.
Bayern can extend their record undefeated run in the Bundesliga to 40 matches at Werder Bremen on Saturday, having last lost in the league back in October 2012.
Likewise, they are chasing their 11th consecutive Champions League victory at home to Manchester City next Tuesday, having already set a new record with their 3-1 win at CSKA Moscow a fortnight ago.
But despite all that success Sammer reacted angrily to reporters over the "stupid dominance debate" in the German media after Bayern`s 2-0 victory at Augsburg on Wednesday put them in the German Cup quarter-finals.
"It`s superficial and hypocritical, there is far too little recognition that we put a heck of a lot of work into keeping the team operating at a high level," fumed Sammer.
Hoeness backed those comments, telling Munich newspaper TZ on Friday: "I can totally understand Matthias Sammer`s statements."
"I would like to show some journalists their articles from two years ago, at that time it was like the era of Bayern Munich was over.
"Now everyone is talking like FC Bayern dominate the entire league and are unbeatable.
"We can also lose games -- and a day will come when we lose a game again.
"From my perspective, you can only talk about a domination when you have had continual success over two or three years.
"Things are going very well for us after 18 months."