Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel thinks his team is ready for its Bundesliga match against Hoffenheim despite an up-and-down effort against FC Basel in a friendly last weekend.
“It feels like we’re ready. We’ve trained well. There was still some rust in Basel. We then stepped things up a bit. I’m very pleased and feel we’re absolutely ready. Everyone’s fighting for their place. The spirit is there and I’m optimistic for tomorrow,” said Tuchel (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “I’m expecting a back three/five from Hoffenheim. They’re very dynamic. We’ll be prepared for it. They have a lot of pace up front. They have a lot of different types of players, can play and are good on the counter. Our counter-pressing will be important.”
As for the squad’s healthy, it seems that Kingsley Coman and Aleksandar Pavlović could both be ready to go.
“Kingsley Coman had a rest because of a spine issue, but we’re assuming he’ll be fit. Aleksandar Pavlović is back. Otherwise it’s just the long-term absentees. We’ve also brought in a few youth players,” Tuchel remarked.
Tuchel said that he understood Noussair Mazraoui’s inclination to represent Morocco despite his injury, but is worried about the right-back’s health. Specifically, Tuchel said that Mazraoui might not be ready until Morocco’s third game, but that the youngster will probably play before that anyway.
“I understand every national team coach who wants to field the best players. Our wish would have been for him to go there a bit later. Our recommendation is that he can only play in the third group game at the earliest. But that’s just a recommendation, I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out differently. The reality is somewhat paradoxical. But that’s just the way it is,” said Tuchel.
In the end, Tuchel wants to push this Bayern Munich squad over the line for another title.
“Besides Leverkusen, Stuttgart and Leipzig also have the chance to get on a run. We’ve got the chance on Friday to move closer to Leverkusen. We’ve got a very high level but still have room for improvement in the opposition half and in counter-pressing,” said Tuchel. “I’ve got the impression that we’ve taken a step forward in the last week. We want to get on a bit of a run with the three home games. The goal is clear that we want to be champions.”
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