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“If I speak, I am in big trouble”: Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel prefers not to speak about the Champions League officiating

It was not great

FC Bayern München v F.C. Copenhagen: Group A - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
The Brits (Tom Adams) know what this sign means
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Bayern Munich played out a 0-0 draw with FC Copenhagen where they got a point thanks to failure to convert chances and the heroic efforts of Manuel Neuer. The main talking point, however, is the referee.

Stéphanie Frappart was the selected official for the game, but she did not have a good game. The 40-year-old notably denied the Bavarians three penalties for two pushes on Thomas Müller and a late Copenhagen handball in the area (even if it was soft). Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel decided that this was an argument to stay clear of. “It’s better not to say anything. As a coach, it only gets expensive when you talk about the referee. You have to ask the referee’s observer about the ref”, Tuchel said (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia).

Chelsea FC v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images

This is the exact same thing that Jose Mourinho did after terrible officiating cost his Chelsea FC team the win against Aston Villa back in March 2014. That postgame interview birthed the oft-quoted lines, “I prefer not to speak. If I speak, I am in big trouble. In big trouble, and I don’t want to be in big trouble,”


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