The former German national team player, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has claimed that Bayern Munich were “a bit cheated” in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final elimination by Atletico Madrid.
His protest is coming on the heels of failed expectations from a club he once wore its jerseys. In his playing days Rummeniegge was nick-named “King Kalle”.
Much of the build-up to the tie centred on Rummenigge’s assertion that Atleti did not deserve to progress beyond Juventus, who were knocked out by Bayern at the last-16 stage, and the CEO chose to hold referee Cuneyt Cakir accountable for his club exiting the competition as opposed to Los Colchoneros being the better team.
“We feel a bit cheated. The referee didn’t give a good account of himself,” he said after the second leg, which the Bavarians won 2-1, although Antoine Griezmann’s away goal rendered the result obsolete.
The former Germany striker’s remarks came in stark contrast to those of his Coach Pep Guardiola, who countered: “I don’t think the main reason [for Bayerns elimination] was the referee.”
Bayern’s CEO did not agree with Pep’s comments on the loss, he continued: “The referee had two matches in the last seven days. I don’t know whether those UEFA guys can have too many matches, too. The UEFA delegate told me: ‘It’s a shame what he did.'”
ESPN reported: “It was a classic counter-attack as Fernando Torres sent Griezmann racing through and the France international, played onside by David Alaba, kept his cool to whip the ball past Manuel Neuer.
Arturo Vidal believes luck was against Bayern Munich through out the game. He had no personal problems with the referee. In his words: “I don’t know why the ball did not want to go in … with so many chances created in both legs.
The playmaker continued: “I think we were superior in both games. We controlled possession, but didn’t seize it.
“They take their opportunities well, and that’s why they move into the final. From here to the final they will dream with us. They faced the best team in the world.
“We are left sad, but we still have two titles that we hope to win. We are still the best team in the world, but sometimes the best doesn’t always win,” Vidal said.
“Football is sometimes like this. Today the best didn’t advance, they were eliminated.”