Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel is no stranger to the pressure of coaching at a big club.
Prior to being named manager of Bayern Munich, Tuchel led other large clubs battling for European glory like Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain, and Chelsea FC. However, the lights on the big stage at Bayern Munich are a little bright and burn a bit hotter.
“When you feel the pressure, you know you are at a club who wants to win, where winning is part of the team’s philosophy. We create a lot of the pressure ourselves. I do this, too. We always want to have the perfect training session, a perfect week of training and a perfect game. The expectations are extremely high. At Bayern, victories are expected and [must be] victories while playing attractive football and [scoring] a lot of goals. Sometimes you can’t do it all but still, it’s something positive and pressure is part of the game,” Tuchel told UEFA (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “Everyone who competes at a high level in any sport would agree with that. You also have to ignore it from time to time and feel comfortable at work, at meetings, during training, when working with the team on the pitch.
“Then you begin to realise that the external pressure will never be greater than the pressure you put on yourself. I’m not 100% satisfied with how we are playing this season yet. We have still been very successful and we are finding ways to win games but we still have room for improvement. For me, we still haven’t finished adapting yet.”
Tuchel faced some of that pressure at the end of last season, but so far, everything has been manageable to this point in the 2023/24 campaign. Still, Tuchel knows that the aforementioned improvement for this season needs to happen soon and it will be the coach, himself, who feels the heat the most if things do not work out.