Dortmund coach likens Bayern Munich business to the Chinese's | inside World Soccer

Arch-rivals Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund became entangled in a war of words after the latter's coach Jürgen Klopp accused the former of copying his coaching ideas.

Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp is not happy with the way Bayern Munich 'copying' his ideas
Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp is not happy with the way Bayern Munich 'copying' his ideas

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Dortmund have won the last two Bundesliga titles, but are second and 17 points behind leaders Bayern in the current campaign, having also lost 1-0 in Munich on Wednesday in the quarter-finals of the DFB-Pokal.

"I think with a seventeen point lead in the Bundesliga and the deserved win today, we have established the balance of power in German football," said Bayern general manager Uli Hoeneß.

The unshaven Klopp reacted by complaining that Bayern, whose side includes Bundesliga record signing Javi Martínez, were spending their way to success.

He blasted: "Bayern go about football in the same way that the Chinese go about industry.

"They look at what the others are doing, and then they copy it with other people and more money. And then they overtake you."

That they have done so purely by reproducing the Dortmund philosophy, though, was an accusation which Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, who last weekend celebrated his 1000th Bundesliga game as player and coach, felt obliged to repudiate.

"When Jürgen one day gets the pleasure of coaching Bayern Munich or Real Madrid, he will realise what it means and how much it is a completely different world," Heynckes, who has coached both clubs, told reporters. "Maybe, then he will see things a bit differently.

"I don't want to tread on Borussia Dortmund's toes, they are a great team, but when you are at one of the big clubs, you have a Herculean task ahead of you in every department.

"This team didn't just fall into Bayern's lap, there has been a process you have to follow. We didn't just take a bunch of your players and implement a plan (like Dortmund)."

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