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Almunia Hits Back At Lehmann

Almunia Hits Back At Lehmann

Manuel Almunia has finally struck back in the war of the goalkeepers with some truly vicious words.

Forgetting for a moment the differences in styles and abilities between the Spanish Almunia and the Mad German, the difference in their personalities could not be anymore contrasting either.

Jens Lehmann, who had been quiet of late, returned to type this week and further expressed his anger at been benched by Wenger for 'someone who didn't start playing football until he was 30'.

Almunia spoke strongly about Lehmann's childishness.

'I'm an easy-going person,' he said. 'I like to treat everyone with respect and I see everyone as equals. I treat people the way I would like to be treated myself.

'To have someone here who hates me is just amazing. I know he hates me.

'Every morning I wake up I know it is going to be the same. I've had to put up with it every day since he was out of the team and even before then. I wake up and I know what it is going to be like.

'But I don't care about him any more. He can say what he likes. I come into training and I work with Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone. They are better goalkeepers than him anyway.'

'It's his problem, not mine, and I don't see why I should try to talk to him about it. The truth is I don't want to talk to him. I came into training this morning and one of the press officers told me he had been saying bad things about me in the newspapers again. It didn't surprise me.

'The truth is I have got used to reading these things from him. If he was someone important to me, I would try to talk to him and see what the problem is. But he's not. So we don't talk.

'I've never been in a situation like this before in my career. Normally we goalkeepers have so much respect for each other.

'Why he doesn't respect me, I don't know. But I don't want any relationship with him. I try not to let what he says enter my mind because it's not important to me what he says or what he thinks.'

Well ...... that should stoke the fires nicely!!!

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Date:Saturday April 12 2008
Time: 11:15AM


What's wrong with german keepers? Remember Kahn and Lehmann during world cup?
12/04/2008 11:30:00
Nothing like a bit of team spirit! Maybe we should get Ricky hatton in to train Adebayor, Bendtner, Lehmann and Almunia! I would ship them all out in the summer. None of them are good enough at this level anyway.
12/04/2008 11:32:00
I think Almunia is more than good enough for the squad, not sure about him for the long term 1st choice though. But his attitude has been fantastic, much better than his German counterpart who comes across as a whiney little bitch. Nice little dig by Almunia about Fabianski and Manone though .... lol
12/04/2008 11:36:00
Kev - I'm not certain it's all German keepers ..... just the one!!!
12/04/2008 11:37:00
I totally agree, Adebayor's record of 25 goals in all comps this season is woeful...
12/04/2008 11:39:00
Rocky didnt you notice that just before the corner that led to liverpools first goal, the ball was comfortably running out for a goal kick. For some mad reason Almunia panicked and kicked the ball out for a throw. That throw led to the corner that led to that goal!!!
12/04/2008 11:45:00
This is embarassing for the goal keepers and the club. Cant Lehmann just shup up instead of taking this to the press so often ? I cant blame Almunia though, he has been putting up with crap for a long time.
12/04/2008 11:47:00
Its funny that Lehmann thinks he is a good goalkeeper. I am as good as Thierry henry you know...
12/04/2008 11:49:00
Not sure what that has to do with anything vavavoom?!!??!
12/04/2008 11:51:00
Do me a favour Super_gooner! He has no first touch, needs 5 chances to convert 1 goal! Doesnt know what offside means...4 times in the first 7 mins at Anfield on tues night! At Newcasle and birmingham, when a simple square pass would of led to a goal he decided to shoot from a bad angle! Result 4 points dropped! His actions at the lane was a disgrace what ever the circumstance! Marcus Stewart scored 26 goals for Ipswich. Would you want him??
12/04/2008 11:56:00
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