Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels has launched a scathing attack on defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich and has accused the Bavarian outfit of attempting to ‘weaken or unsettle’ Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Hummels is himself a product of the Bayern youth academy but left the club in 2009 to head for Signal Iduna park following a successful loan spell but the German international has been left outraged by the recent actions of his former employers.
25-year-old defender Hummels believes that Pep Guardiola’s side are so threatened by Dortmund that they have resorted to underhand tactics in a bid to destabilise the club and the recently appointed club captain points to the recent situation with Marco Reus as a prime example of the games being played by their rivals:
"Bayern have had difficulties for us for years, which is why they try to weaken or unsettle us," Hummels is quoted by Goal as saying.
"Look at the way Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently betrayed the alleged contract details of Marco Reus - such statements are calculated.”
In the situation Hummels refers to, Rummenigge suggested in an interview with Bild that there was a €25m buyout clause in the German winger’s contract and seemed intent on alerting Europe’s elite to Reus’ potential availability.
Reus is the current shining light in Klopp’s team and has caught the eye of English clubs Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal as well as Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona not to mention Bayern themselves who have been keen on the player.
Having already taken star striker and Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski to the Allianz Arena this summer, Bayern know a move for Reus would be difficult, especially having already prized wonderkid Mario Gotze away last season, but Bayern and Rummenigge know that Dortmund would be significantly weakened without Reus.
On the pitch
It is the performances of Dortmund on the field that Hummels believes have caused Bayern to resort to such tactics and the German international feels that a number of high profile errors from officials have prevented his side from depriving Bayern of some major silverware:
"What if we had had the luck of the referee on our side in the Champions League final [in 2013 when Dante controversially avoided a red card] and the DFB Pokal final [last season when Dortmund had a fair goal not given] - and not Bayern?", added Hummels.
"I think they know that these two victories were lucky and that they could have been very different."
Like Reus, Hummels has been continually linked with a move away from the Westfalenstadion but the 25-year-old insists he has no regrets about leaving Bayern and is happy with his role at Dortmund:
"If Bayern had not bought Breno in 2007 for €12 million, I would not have left," he stated.
"But that's the way football is sometimes: I was practically forced towards happiness. It was the best thing that could have happened to me."
Hummels recetly revealed that he chose not to include a buyout clause in his latest contract with Dortmund as he felt it wasn’t fair to the club to do so and insists that should he leave the club should receive a fair amount for his services.
Having held on to big hitters Hummels and Reus, Dortmund will expect to be Bayern’s main challengers for the Bundesliga again this term. The loss of Lewandowski will be significant but in Ciro Immobile they have a striker capable of replacing the Polish strikers gaols whilst the return of fan favourite Shinji Kagawa will add a new threat and provide a welcome boost for all involved with the club.
Whether that will be enough to halt the progress of a Bayern side that romped to the title in record time last season remains to be seen but one things for sure; Dortmund remain a threat to their great rivals and Hummels for one knows it.