Stoger: Schmelzer's criticism of Aubameyang 'will not affect the team'
Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Stoger does not expect Marcel Schmelzer's recent criticism of top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to have an adverse effect on the second half of their Bundesliga season.
Reports of indiscipline and poor time-keeping have dogged the Gabon international, who was again extensively linked with a move to Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande over the mid-season break.
Club captain Schmelzer told reporters that such issues had been discussed by the squad with Aubameyang and cautioned against "small fires, they can later turn into massive problems."
"For me it was not a big topic," Stoger told reporters. "Marcel Schmelzer is absolutely right when he points out that if you never take care of the small things, then they can become big things."
Responding to claims that Aubameyang brought family members to Dortmund's warm-weather training camp in Marbella, Stoger again sought to play down any notion of him helming an unhappy dressing room.
"There are different people and various personalities. We are all structured in our own way."
Stoger added: "As long as I don't have the feeling that it influences the processes in the team, we don't have to make things bigger than they are.
"In general he [Schmelzer] is right and it is good that it was said, just to know that things can also be adjusted by the team itself without somebody external intervening.
"And if there is a bigger problem, then I will be there."