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Bayern captain Kahn was right to criticise me, says Toni

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 23 Apr 2008


Bayern Munich captain Oliver Kahn was right to criticise Frank Ribery and Luca Toni earlier in the season, the Italian World Cup winner acknowledged on Wednesday.

Kahn caused a stir in December when publicly attacking the two new recruits in a thinly-veiled attack on their consistency.

“One or two among the new players have to understand that here, two or three matches isn't enough. Bayern is not Marseille or Florence, but rather AC Milan, Real, Barca and Manchester United.”

His comments earned him a fine and ban, but Toni, double goal hero of Bayern's extra time German Cup win over Borussia Dortmund at the weekend, now believes the club's retiring talisman was talking sense.

“When I first heard his comments my reaction was one of incredulity, but now, I have to say he wasn't wrong,” the 30-year-old striker told German sports daily Bild.

“I've come to recognise since then that I'm at Bayern Munich and that you have to win every game. Even when we're playing every three days. It's only winning that makes the club happy, that's something particular to Bayern and I'm happy about it.”

Toni, who leads the Bundesliga scoring charts with 20 goals, concedes it's not all been plain sailing since his arrival last summer from Fiorentina.

“We Italians are very attached to our beloved Italy and I still have trouble speaking German,” admitted the attacker who has bagged a double in each of his last four games.

He revealed that he would seek out club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, a former Inter Milan star, from time to time for the sole reason of having a chat in his native tongue with the former Serie A star.

“That always give a boost to my morale,” he said.


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