Update — February 11th, 8:15AM EST: De Ligt seems confounded by benching
According to a report from Bild (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), Bayern Munich center-back Matthijs de Ligt confirmed that he was fully healthy on Saturday as the Bavarians were ousted by Bayer Leverkusen:
Matthijs de Ligt was asked whether he was fit enough to start yesterday, he said: “Top fit”
The Dutchman was visibly frustrated. He’s usually always willing to speak to the reporters in the mixed zone after games. But yesterday he apologised and pointed out that he had not played.
Things might have come to a head when De Ligt sat for the entirety of Bayern Munich’s 3-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday — even while center-backs Kim Min-jae, Dayot Upamecano, and Eric Dier looked fatigued and made many mistakes:
Many were surprised when we exclusively reported that Matthijs de Ligt is a candidate for a transfer in the summer …
➡️ Today, the reason has been confirmed again. When everyone is fit, he is not a regular starter under Tuchel. #B04FCB
➡️ Despite of his good performances recently he sat on the bench for 90 minutes today in Leverkusen.
De Ligt, not 100 % happy with his situation. And Tuchel is still keen on Araujo. De Ligt’s contract valid until 2027.
The benching of De Ligt made zero sense — unless there was an undisclosed injury that no one is talking about. Tuchel seems to be intent on weeding out player that he does not want — whether they are performing or not. To bench De Ligt and Thomas Müller after strong performances last week raised a lot of eyebrows.
The moves made little sense (nor did running a 3-4-2-1 after playing a 4-2-3-1 in almost every game this season) and did not result in anything resembling quality football.
The coach made mistakes...and now — if true — it seems he could be running good players right off of his roster.
At some point, accountability will have to shift over to the coaching box and away from the locker room.
Looking for a more in-depth review of the game, or do you just want to wallow in our misery? Then check out our postgame podcast! Chuck and INNN talk about Tuchel’s shortcomings and why Bayern Munich were outclassed by Bayer Leverkusen. Listen to it below or on Spotify.
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