Franck Ribery criticised for Pep Guardiola comments

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Franck Ribery had become almost an anonymous figure at Bayern Munich while Pep Guardiola was in charge of the German champions.

The Frenchman struggled for form and fitness during Guardiola's three-year tenure but since Carlo Ancelotti took over at the Allianz Arena, Ribery has been unable to stay out of the headlines.

His very outspoken criticism of Guardiola took many by surprise when Ribery told German newspaper Bild the Spaniard was 'inexperienced' and 'sometimes talks too much'.

And just when we thought this story was about to die down, the man who appointed Guardiola has slammed Ribery's comments.

Bayern chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge condemned the 33-year-old's behaviour and supported his old manager.

"Ribery’s reaction normal for a frustrated player? No, there is no reason to hit out at Guardiola,” Rummenigge told Bayrischen Rundfunk, as per Goal.

"We've benefited a lot from having him and putting the boot in doesn't get you anywhere."

Ribery's outburst has overshadowed the heavy praise he has heaped on Ancelotti over the last few weeks and a particularly promising start to the pre-season.

The winger has scored four goals in as many games for the Bavarians under the Italian and will be hoping to maintain his current hot streak once the actual campaign kicks off.

Ancelotti is one of the best in the business at working with players approaching the twilight years of their careers and it looks like he has had an instant impact on Ribery.

Rummenigge added: "We have hugely benefited from Guardiola's spell and there is no point in hitting out at him like that. It is too soon to make comparisons between Guardiola and Ancelotti.

"Carlo has a slightly different style, but each coach has his own ideas when it comes to tactics. Pep was all about dominant football and about having the ball.

"The important thing is winning and being successful, though."

Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman were both preferred to Ribery by Guardiola but the French international has thrived in their absence while the pair continue to recuperate.

It will certainly be interesting to see if Ribery changes his tune once Costa and Coman return, with the likelihood that his playing time will diminish again.

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