Jerome Boateng on Bayern chairman's criticism: Say it to my face

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Jerome Boateng has commented on criticism of his form by Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – and his response is equally critical. The Germany international was the subject of a rather public dressing down by Rummenigge after the club’s recent defeat to Rostov in the Champions League. Boateng was forced off during that game with a thigh injury. It was Bayern’s second consecutive defeat after losing to Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga last weekend.

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Rummenigge said: “Jerome has to find his balance again. There is a bit too much hype around him at the moment. It would be good for him and the club if he came back down to earth a bit. It makes no sense to make a big fuss now. The team knows that it has not played well. We must now do better, starting on Saturday against Leverkusen.”
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It seems a little unwise to single out players in the media. It’s a well-known fact that few professionals respond well to that kind of criticism. It also seems disrespectful to say that there’s a ‘bit too much hype’ around a central defender who has won the World Cup and everything worth winning with Bayern.
Trying to keep his head, Boateng responded by saying: “I can only laugh about these statements. Next time he can say it personally in my face – and then it’s fine.” Boateng missed the club’s 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
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