In the jersey of Bayern Holger Badstuber has won everything there is to win. In 2017, he then moved to VfB Stuttgart and rose promptly with the Swabians from the Bundesliga. Looking back, he raises serious allegations against former coach Markus Weinzierl.
"Players who have trained under great coaches, who have an opinion, sometimes argue and are loud, are sorted out or shunned by him," Badstuber railed against his former coach in the podcast "Rasenfunk"
"When Weinzierl came I said to Mario Gomez: 'This is going to be a tough season.' And that's the way it came in. If I notice a certain weakness in a coach that he is not straight, then I'm complicated too, "added the center-back.
The 30-year-old speaks from experience: Already at Schalke 04 he played under Weinzierl. In Stuttgart, both met again then. Weinzierl was dismissed at VfB after a series of winless games in April 2019 as a coach. The Swabians were at the time on the 16th place in the table. In the relegation, the club then had to give Union Berlin beaten.
Badstuber sees the blame for the crash, but not only with the coach: "Before the 2017/18 season were changed personalities that have changed the hierarchy It was not good, but it was not the coach who was responsible, but rather the planners who did not understand how the success of the preseason came about, which characters were important to the stage. "
Against whom the allegations Just right, let the center-back open. Responsible sports director was Michael Reschke at the time.
Currently it looks better. After nine match days, VfB are tied with Hamburger SV at the top of the second Bundesliga.