clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Thomas Tuchel defends Niko Kovac

New, comments

Tuchel feels that the criticism aimed at Kovac was unwarranted.

Bayern Muenchen v Paris St. Germain - AUDI Football Summit
KLAGENFURT, AUSTRIA - JULY 21: coach Thomas Tuchel of Paris St. Germain and coach Niko Kovac of Bayern Muenchen during the Friendly match between Bayern Muenchen and Paris St. Germain at Woerthersee Stadion on July 21, 2018 in Klagenfurt, Austria.
Bayern Muenchen v Paris St. Germain - AUDI Football Summit KLAGENFURT, AUSTRIA - JULY 21: coach Thomas Tuchel of Paris St. Germain and coach Niko Kovac of Bayern Muenchen during the Friendly match between Bayern Muenchen and Paris St. Germain at Woerthersee Stadion on July 21, 2018 in Klagenfurt, Austria.
(Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

In a recent interview with Eurosport in France (Sport.de), Paris Saint-Germain and former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel spoke in support of Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac. In Tuchel’s view, the criticism Kovac experienced was unwarranted.

“It’s very extreme; it’s incomprehensible,” Tuchel said. “They didn’t make it easy for him, and still he delivered. It was a hard year for Bayern.”

Before Kovac was officially announced as Bayern’s manager, Tuchel was one of the managers at the top of the list for the Bayern job. Bayern’s front office was keen on signing a German-speaking manager that had experience in the Bundesliga and Tuchel fit the billing perfectly. But Bayern waited a bit too long to pull the trigger, and Tuchel had already agreed terms to become PSG’s manager when Bayern made its offer.

With the domestic double secured and big summer signings incoming, Kovac is poised to have a successful 2019/2020 campaign and the expectation will certainly be to advance beyond the round of 16 in the Champions League. By that same token, any hint of a poor spell will definitely spark intense criticism.