Bayern Munich, the reigning champions of the German Bundesliga, are faltering. It’s still early in the season, but they haven’t moved into first place, and there are even reports that some of the players have lost faith in head coach Thomas Tuchel.
Munich is an absolute powerhouse in the German Bundesliga. Last summer’s signings of Harry Kane and Kim Min-Jae have strengthened the squad, and many are predicting that this is a squad capable of winning the league and Champions League.
However, the start of the season hasn’t been great. Newcomer Harry Kane has settled in quickly with eight goals and four assists, and Kim Min-jae has become a key part of the defense, but the team is third in the league with five wins and two draws.
Germany’s ‘Bild’ cited a report from ‘TZ’ on March 12, saying, “Munich hierarchy and Tuchel held secret talks. According to reports, both sides felt that this meeting was necessary and convened urgently. The Munich hierarchy, including CEO Jan Christian Dresden, told Tuchel not to complain about the squad or complain immediately after a defeat.”
The media outlet suggested that the Munich hierarchy made the demand because they saw Tuchel’s behavior after the Super Cup loss to RB Leipzig. “Why did the Munich hierarchy ask Tuchel to stop complaining? Tuchel was heartbroken and confused after the 0-3 Super Cup defeat to Leipzig,” Bild reports, highlighting Tuchel’s comments at the time.
After the game, Tuchel said, “I’m embarrassed. There’s a big gap between what we thought and what happened. It’s hard to explain. It’s like we didn’t do anything for four weeks of preseason. It’s a false start,” directly expressing his disappointment with the performance and the result.
The media also reported that Tuchel had complained about the thinness of the squad even during the summer transfer window, which the Dresden CEO directly challenged.
This is effectively Tuchel’s first season at the helm. However, as was the case at his previous club, Tuchel has already had a falling out with the club’s leadership. It’s not a good sign for Munich, who are looking to win the league and the UEFA Champions League (UCL) this season, to have their head coach at odds with the club’s board so early in the season.
Luckily, it looks like the matter has been resolved for now. According to Bild, “Both sides reportedly acknowledged in the meeting that mistakes were made during the transfer phase. The idea is that the problem should be solved internally and less publicly. The problem seems to be solved now, if the results follow and the squad is strong enough.”
This time, however, there were reports that some members of the squad were losing faith in Tuchel. “Some of the players are losing trust,” the German 메이저사이트 publication TZ reported. The coach’s influence on the team is not being recognized, and the team’s development is stagnating. The biggest problem is communication. Tuchel announces the lineup hours before kickoff, which confuses the players, and he doesn’t communicate much one-on-one.”