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A little bit of this, a little bit of that: Thomas Tuchel on the challenges of coaching Bayern Munich

It ain’t easy being in charge of FC Hollywood.

FC Bayern München Annual Meeting 2023 Photo by Christina Pahnke - sampics/Corbis via Getty Images

A front office that has strong feelings about what needs to be done and when money needs to spent. Players with huge star power that want to play more, or play in their desired spots. The unrelenting pressure to win every match.

Life as Bayern Munich head coach isn’t easy.

Or maybe it is the most easy job in the world, only most people who hold it make it more complicated than it needs to be. Which is it? Does Thomas Tuchel just need to run a classic 4-2-3-1 or is he negotiating a complex web of personalities, from Uli Hoeneß to Joshua Kimmich to Thomas Müller, all of whom might be keeping him one way or another from fully implementing his own vision?

Somewhere in between, it seems. Tuchel acknowledged the job’s many challenges in recent remarks captured by Canal+, via @iMiaSanMia:

Your job as a coach is to speak to the players and convince them (of your ideas), but also speak to the people in charge and convince them to spend money to have the squad you want. Do you see it that way?

Tuchel: “Yes, it’s a bit of this and that. In a perfect world, I’d just like to be a football coach. But that’s not the real world”

At least the season is going well so far...for now. Bayern got knocked out of the German cup but are still going strong in the Bundesliga and Champions League. It is only November, though. And Tuchel will need to finish strong to remain as football coach.


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