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Daniel Sikorski spent five years at Bayern Munich but did not represent the first team
Daniel Sikorski has revealed that Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller had a negative reaction to spicy food that led him to miss a training session.
The Polish-born striker, who now works in Spain for the lower-league Guijuelo, spent part of his career with Bayern.
He never appeared in the first team, but did participate in sessions and traveled with the team to training camps.
What was said?
On one occasion, Bayern reserves, for whom Muller was also playing at the time, took a trip to India and conditions were far removed from the five-star treatment normally accorded to elite footballers.
Picking up the story, Sikorski said: “We stayed in a hotel near the Himalayas that had no mattresses. Instead, we sleep on boards. The showers were buckets of water and for dinner there were chips and Coke from what looked like 1953.
“When we got a real meal somewhere else, Thomas almost got poisoned. Our food said “not spicy”, but spicy to no end. Thomas didn’t go through with it.
“The next day, he just went to the bathroom instead of training.”
Sikorski’s respect for Louis van Gaal
The 33-year-old was on Bayern’s books from 2005 to 2010, which means he spent a season under Van Gaal.
The legendary coach brought an aura with him, and Sikorski says it was interesting to see the superstar players line up.
“With van Gaal I was twice as tired after each training session as usual,” he said. “I wanted to avoid mistakes at all costs because I experienced how he yelled at other players. I had great respect for him.
“When he stood in front of me with his huge body, the sweat of fear was flowing, and I think the first team players felt the same.
“Before team dinners, he would always get up first and knock on tables after each to get food from the buffet. It was interesting to see that experienced players agreed with something like that. “