When Thomas Tuchel released the starting lineup for Bayern Munich’s Friday game against Köln, there were two discussion worthy absences from the team sheet. One was Thomas Müller; the other was Alphonso Davies. Thomas explained Müller’s absence away due to tactical reasons, but Davies’ absence was straightforward.
“It’s too early for him, he has muscular problems,” Tuchel explained to reporter Maximilian Koch. “We can’t take the risk considering his style of play.” It is also notable that Davies played for Canada’s soccer national team on Tuesday, completing 90 minutes in a draining CONCACAF knockout match, then had to make the long flight back to Germany.
Clearly, Tuchel took into account all of these risky factors and concluded that Davies was simply not to be risked, instead deciding to line up with Mazraoui replacing the speedy Canadian. Winning justifies much and so it does for this decision, too.
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