Created on 23-09-2008 at 00:00 AM
Interviewed on Monday by fcbayern.de, Mark van Bommel didn’t even wait to be asked before publicly backing keeper Michael Rensing in the face of a media onslaught. “I don’t understand it at all,” the new club captain puzzled. Van Bommel is far from the sole personality to come out in support of Olli Kahn’s successor. Indeed, the former great himself joined a chorus of famous past and present Reds praising the young shot-stopper and calling for him to be given the breathing space he deserves. fcbayern.de reviews the latest statements.
Jürgen Klinsmann: “Starting your career as Olli’s successor is not exactly easy. But he’s taken on the task brilliantly, he’s coming along well, and if a few things go wrong, they go wrong. It’s completely normal that Michael’s first months as number one are going to be turbulent. He’ll have to accept a few mistakes in the early months. But you’ll never develop as a player without making mistakes. Goalkeeping errors always have greater consequences than mistakes made by outfield players, so they provoke more debate. We have faith in Michael.“
Oliver Kahn: “As I’ve always said, if you go with younger players, you have to take the rough with the smooth. Questioning Rensing’s position now would be fatal. Michael shouldn’t worry about it too much. My first season was a catastrophe. It’s never all gone smoothly, quite the opposite. We definitely mustn’t make the mistake with Michael of expecting him to perform at the level I might have achieved when I was at my best. He’s young and he’ll make it.“ (Bild interview)