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Thomas Tuchel expected more freedom in the Bayern Munich attack

Expectations unfortunately did not align with reality.

FC Bayern München v F.C. Copenhagen: Group A - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
Thomas Tuchel in disagreement with officials in Bayern Munich’s 0-0 draw to FC Copenhagen
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A free flowing attack and Thomas Tuchel have not exactly gone hand in hand at Bayern Munich this season, the 0-0 draw to FC Copenhagen coming as the latest example.

The blame, however, may not fall entirely on Thomas Tuchel this time around.

The Bayern starting eleven saw some rotation with the inclusion of Thomas Müller, Raphael Guerreiro and Mathys Tel. While not regulars in the starting lineup this season, one might have expected a bit more from the trio.

Chief among those who expected more from Müller, Guerreiro and Tel was none other than, Thomas Tuchel, the man who gave out the starting berths.

Tuchel on whether he expected more from the new players who started today (Guerreiro, Müller, Tel): ”It was difficult. It’s okay, it’s not always easy in such a late November evening. I actually thought that we would play with a bit more freedom because we were already first and had nothing left to lose. But it was the other way around. We didn’t put in enough effort.”

There is a degree of truth to Tuchel’s expectation of Bayern being braver in attack, especially considering The Record Champions had already booked their spot in the knockout stages.

Although, it is difficult to expect players who have had fairly limited game time this season to gel together and produce a free flowing attacking display.

There is no questioning the quality of Müller, Guerreiro and Tel. The trio are, however, in dire need of some more minutes on the pitch. A surprising issue in such a thin Bayern squad.

This presents a new challenge for Tuchel and Bayern: How to rotate sufficiently, while maintaining the form and harmony of the squad.

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