Matthaus ‘backs down’ from Rangers criticism… a little

Matthaus ‘backs down’ from Rangers criticism… a little
BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 30: UEFA Ambassador Lothar Matthaeus pose during the UEFA Europa League Trophy Tour driven by Kia on March 30, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images for Kia)

Following his dreadful comments earlier in the year about Rangers, Lothar Matthaus was more diplomatic (despite recent headlines on his comments) with regards the Light Blues and while failing to give the side any real credit, he wasn’t as scathing and before.

The headlines you’re seeing all give a pretty false impression that he’s had a go at us again, but the reality is he hasn’t.

As a patriotic German, he wants to see his country’s sides do as well as they can, and that’s fair enough.

On Rangers he said:

“I think RB Leipzig are the clear favourites against Rangers. We should enjoy that two great German clubs are in the semi-finals of the Europa League. For a long time, we were disappointed with the international performance of our teams. And again this year the performance in the Champions League was anything but glorious. But Eintracht Frankfurt continues to write such a great success story in this competition and RB also deserves a lot of respect. The chance of a final with two teams from our league, with a great atmosphere in the great stadium in Seville on a hot night would be a wonderful ending for these two likeable clubs.”

And he’s right. They are the clear favourites, and we’re delighted that that’s the case.

Furthermore, he was not only critical of Dortmund earlier this season, but of his old club Bayern too, when he suggested his country’s CL exploits were poor.

His ‘third rate’ comment at Rangers was also extremely poor and ignorant, but that wasn’t what he said this time.

He also added the word ‘think’ this time, expressing his opinion as only that, an opinion, and not with the arrogant twinge he used last time.

Long may Leipzig remain favourites and long may Rangers upset those odds.

And Lothar, while we’re at it.

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  1. I remember Matthaus behaving like total dick when we played Bayern diving all over the place and trying to get Barry Ferguson sent off. Absolutely NO class. In fact it was really sad to see someone of his reputation and ability behaving in such a manner. Seems he hasn’t changed much. Arrogant little twat.

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