For the first time since 2008, Bayern Munich have lost a game against SV Werder Bremen. In a season where every point counts, this could not be a bigger setback. Bayer Leverkusen now have a SEVEN point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table, and don’t seem like they’re ever going to lose.
Facing the media after this debacle, Thomas Tuchel took responsibility in the only way he knows. He put it all on his players:
Tuchel bei DAZN mit harter Kritik an der Mannschaft. "Ich habe auch keine Lust mehr zu sagen, dass wir gut trainieren – weil das glaubt dir ja keiner mehr. Wir müssen mal die Spieler fragen. Wir haben heute belanglos gespielt. Verdiente Niederlage." #FCBayern— Maximilian Koch (@_kochmaximilian) January 21, 2024
Tuchel on DAZN with harsh criticism of the team. “I don’t feel like saying that we’re training well anymore — because no one believes you anymore. We have to ask the players. We played inconsequentially today. Deserved defeat.”
Tuchel continued by saying, “I have enough experience to judge if the training is at the level that we wanted. That has been the case for a number of weeks now. The players have been doing great in training. But when you play for Bayern, you have to be great on Monday and Tuesday (in training), but especially on Sunday (in games). We didn’t match up to that today. We have to find a solution to that.” (via @iMiaSanMia).
Of course, the natural follow up question would be — why does no one believe the team is training well? Why does Tuchel talk of finding “solutions” almost a year into his tenure?
This is the second time that Bayern Munich have enjoyed a long break between games and come back to suffer a loss. The last time, when the match against Union Berlin got rescheduled due to a snowstorm, the team used the extra rest and training to come back and lose 5-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt. Now, after a similarly long break (which included a training camp in Portugal), Bayern Munich came back and played some dismal football.
The more time Tuchel seems to have with the team, the worse it gets. Maybe it’s better if Bayern play three games a week from now on, so that the coach has as little time to influence his players as possible.
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