Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona bosses settle the bad blood
Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona are no strangers to exchanging blows, and not just on the pitch (where it’s been pretty one-sided lately). The Robert Lewandowski transfer saga, Bayern’s pursuit La Masia youngsters Pedri and Gavi, various comments made about Barca’s financial difficulties by Bayern’s Uli Hoeneß and Julian Nagelsmann… it’s been a cauldron of tension simmering recently. Even Oliver Kahn’s smile after the Champions League draw between the teams sparked a range of interpretations online.
In light of the sticky mood, both clubs would have used their recent group stage meeting in Munich to sit down and clear the air, according to Sport1:
At UEFA’s mandatory meeting ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League group stage clash, the leaders of both clubs sat at a table at Käfer Schänke, an upscale restaurant in downtown Munich – and discussed.
“Laporta once again explicitly thanked Bayern for signing Lewandowski,” reported SPORT1 chief journalist Kerry Hau in the ‘Die Bayern-Woche’ podcast. There are “no more problems” between the clubs.
In fact, everyone should be happy now that they got what they wanted – Lewandowski is having a huge start to the season for the La Liga club, and they also recently locked out Gavi. And Bayern are delighted with the transfer of Liverpool FC Sadio Mané, which would not have been possible without the transfer of Lewandowski.
Maybe this will pave the way for less beards and more hugs when it comes time to return to Spain? We will take it, and hopefully the wins will continue as well.