Raphaël Guerreiro has had unfortunate luck with injuries since he joined Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund during last summer’s transfer window, but he certainly made his presence felt with his all-important goal in the 4-2 win over Heidenheim in the Bundesliga. He has only started once for Bayern so far this season, which was in Bayern’s first round DFB-Pokal match earlier this season, but he could be poised for more starts in the near future as Thomas Tuchel might be needing to make rotations during the English Weeks.
In addition to his defensive capabilities, Tuchel is very much a big fan of Guerreiro’s due to his tactical versatility with being able to be used in midfield, as well. Tuchel has already used the Portuguese international in midfield on more than one occasion so far this season, much in the same way that he has been able to use Konrad Laimer as an auxiliary right back at times.
In a recent interview with beIN Sports France (via @iMiaSanMia), Guerreiro explained what it is like working under Tuchel at Bayern, circling it together with their time working with one another at Dortmund. After all, the manager is a big part of the reason why Guerreiro said he made the decision to come to Bayern from Dortmund during the summer transfer window. “He’s part of the reason I’m here. I know him and I know his methods. He’s also progressed with the clubs he coached after Dortmund. I’m in Munich now also because of him, he was one of several reasons,” Guerreiro explained.
Tuchel has also had tenures at both Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain in between managing Bayern and Dortmund, and Guerreiro explained that he can see how the one-time Champions League winner has evolved as a manager. “Dortmund was his first really big experience. I feel that he was more strict back then. He now gives more freedom to his players, while still maintaining the basics on the pitch. I think that makes a difference,” Guerreiro explained.