bigdrop wrote:I believe that Pep did the right thing.
Tedesco wrote:I stand by Pep for trying to protect his players.
quaazi wrote:a fit Schweinsteiger is worth more than ...
You guys are acting as if Pep made a calculated decision with a defensible outcome. As if he thought to himself, "Well, I could shake the opposing coach's hand and fool the world into thinking I have a modicum of human decency for another few months, or I could not shake his hand and somehow that will result in my players not being injured or make the poor tackles not have happened."
The bottom line is that he reacted, and badly. There was no reason to take his ire out on the coach, that part was simply disgraceful and rude. In case you've forgotten, this was a friendly for Caleb Porter too. This isn't a squad he's with day in and day out like Pep, it's a showoff thing that's thrown together. Hell, they were still adding and dropping players from the squad a matter of days ago.There's no part of a thinking human being's brain that concludes Porter was telling his players to make hard, dangerous tackles in an All-Star friendly game, or that his coaching philosophy is to blame. That's ridiculous, Pep's behavior is a disgrace to Bayern and a big blow to Bayern's brand in the US. But that's not all. Pep's behavior was also very cruel. Porter looked up to Pep as a coach, and as a human being. Pep was Porter's idol, and he completely disregarded him.
Were the tackles bullshit? Of course, they were bullshit. But don't pretend that justifies Pep's outrageous behavior, that's delusional. Pep doesn't deserve your unthinking support.