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Klinsmann: 'I can invent anything I want ...'
March 26th, 2013 1:03AM
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[USA MEN]A week after a report -- dominated by anonymous sources -- cast doubts on the faith of U.S. national team players in their coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, and three days after a 1-0 win over Costa Rica put the USA back in the hunt for a seventh straight World Cup bid, the question of dissension in the ranks still came up on Monday's press conference on the eve of the Mexico-USA qualifier. And if Klinsmann was reluctant to address the issue before Friday's game, he was now happy to let everyone know what he thought about the situation.

"Rumors here, rumors there," Klinsmann said. "I think I answered them before the Costa Rica game. I think it’s just normal that people just try to bring their own story into things. Maybe even inventing things based on fake stories from the past."

The Sporting News story referred to German national team captain Philipp Lahm's blistering attack on Klinsmann's tactical approach in his book, "The fine difference -- How to become a top player today."

Klinsmann reiterated that he wasn't around to make national team players happy.

"I’m here, hopefully, to make these guys better, to help them reach the next level," he said. "I’m not here to pamper anybody. If you want to break into one of the best 10-12 nations in the world, I have to challenge them and maybe some players are not always happy with that. There were rumors that came out from anonymous sources. I can invent anything I want about you or about anybody in this room. It doesn’t bother me. It’s part of this whole business. I’ve been in this business more than 30 years now. It’s just part of it. You go on."



2 comments
  1. Randy McKee
    commented on: March 26, 2013 at 12:11 p.m.
    It's the easiest thing in the world to second guess a coach. The game is pretty easy from where we sit. I can't remember one MNT coach who hasn't been second-guessed, criticized, complained about, etc. It's Klinsmann's time with the team and he should run it like he sees fit. If he is unsuccessful, he should be fired and a new coach installed - like they do it everywhere else on the planet. If only we could implenet a badly-needed change in Chicago so easily...
  1. charles davenport
    commented on: March 26, 2013 at 2:16 p.m.
    At any soccer game at any level, at least half of the spectators think they can do a better job than the coach.

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