Part-time RTÉ pundit Didi Hamann has been getting himself involved in a bit of a spat on home soil during the time off for the Irish national team.
After the weekend's games, Hamann criticised Borussia Dortmund's performance against relegation-threatened Furth; and the Dortmund boss was not happy with Hamann's remarks.
Didi Hamann involved in row with Dortmund boss Marco Rose
Irish audiences are more accustomed to seeing Didi Hamann appearing as part of RTÉ's panel for Champions League and international football but, in his time away from Ireland, he is a regular Bundesliga pundit for German outlet Bild.
Borussia Dortmund have experienced a season of mixed fortunes this year, as they have made more of a concerted push for top spot in the Bundesliga - but also exited the Champions League at the group stage after heavy defeats to Ajax and Sporting Lisbon.
Def not pretty, but it's three points to close out 2021 at home! 🏟 pic.twitter.com/SkO3vmXNko
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) December 15, 2021
Dortmund ground out a tough 3-0 win over bottom-placed club Furth on Saturday, with just 12 shots to Furth's eight. After Hamann commented for Bild that those shot numbers were "not good enough" for a team chasing the title, Dortmund's boss Marco Rose came out firing:
Didi Hamann nails against Borussia Dortmund. This is not the first time and I don't think it's okay.
We know we played a disappointing Champions League season. If we play like we did today we obviously don't stand a chance.
But we should be happy that we are the only ones in the Bundesliga trying to stick with Bayern.
We have a good squad, yes, but we also have to deal with injuries and failures. That is why I say the criticism isn't always fair.
Didi Hamann nails against Dortmund...I'd like to invite Didi Hamann here to Dortmund or to my house and then I will explain things as they are.
It's certainly an impassioned response from Rose, though we're unsure Dortmund fans will agree with his defence. Despite being closer to Bayern than at this stage last year, they once again lost Der Klassiker against their Munich rivals earlier this month, and are already out of Europe's premier club competition.
Uninspiring performances against the likes of Furth are unlikely to get any fans or pundits onside, and we fear that Didi Hamann won't be the last to criticise Rose and co. if Dortmund's form continues like this.