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Bayern Munich chiefs slam “degrading, slanderous” criticism from media

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Bayern Munich chiefs have defended the squad from the outrageous criticism by the German press

The Bavarians are winless in their four matches and were handed a humbling 3-0 home loss at the hands of Borussia Monchengladbach last time out in the Bundesliga.

It means that Bayern have won just four of their seven opening games of the new league campaign and now lie sixth in the standings.

Things only got worse for the German Bayern players during the international break following Die Mannschaft’s Nations League defeats to Holland and France.

It marked the first time Germany had lost back-to-back competitive games since 2000.

But in a hastily organised press conference today, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge came to the defence of Bayern’s German players.

“It’s an important day for FC Bayern because we want to tell you that we will not put up with it anymore,” said Rummenigge on Bayern’s Twitter.

“We will not let this degrading, slanderous reporting as of today. We will protect our players, our coach and the club.

“We are not looking for the blame on the media. If you do not play well, you deserve no praise. But we want a report of a factual nature.”

Manager Niko Kovac, who spoke earlier today in regards to Saturday’s game at Wolfsburg, has had his own future clouded in doubt by the German media.

But sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic declared that the board are fully behind Kovac.

“I was accused of not publicly addressing Niko Kovac. For that, I have to clarify something. Why? We appreciate his work. We do not have to publicly justify ourselves,” said Salihamidzic.

“This is disrespectful and outrageous, what happens here. I was horrified by the criticism of the team, I must say. I will defend them.”