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Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel not thrilled with Friday night match-up vs. FC Köln

A busy international break could leave Bayern Munich at a disadvantage.

FC Bayern München Training Session Photo by S. Mellar/FC Bayern via Getty Images

Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel was not exactly excited to see that his team was scheduled to play Friday against FC Köln after a strenuous international break.

“It’s probably about TV rights. This is our second time on Fridays. Kim Min-jae and Alphonso Davies only returned from their travels today. This is very, very unfortunate circumstances. But it shouldn’t be seen as an excuse. I don’t want to dwell on it. We decided to travel to Köln tomorrow so that the players could sleep at home tonight. We want to win and we will prepare that way,” said Tuchel (as captured by @iMiaSanMia).

While rest for his players is of the utmost concern, Tuchel might not have many choices given the team’s injury situation.

“Matthijs and Jamal are unavailable. We have to be careful with Raphaël Guerreiro. He had slight problems, we’ll have to look into that. We are closely monitoring which international players have had a lot of game time, such as Konrad Laimer, Kim Min-jae and Alphonso Davies. We won’t make a decision until shortly before the game,” Tuchel remarked.

Whoever suits up, Bayern Munich will have to be ready for a FC Köln team that is desperate for a win.


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