Despite Bayern Munich’s 3-0 loss to Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday, coach Thomas Tuchel praised his team’s commitment. He had a good impression from the team’s performance. Tuchel, who became the team’s manager on March 24, has had a difficult start. As Bayern faced elimination from the German Cup with a home defeat to Freiburg last week. Thus, causing them to miss out on one of their chances to win a title this season.
The outcome of the upcoming quarter-final return leg against Manchester City could be decisive for Bayern Munich and Tuchel. With their Champions League campaign now in jeopardy. If they fail to turn things around, it would mark their second elimination in as many weeks following their exit from the German Cup.
“Everyone saw we were trying to pull the game to our side. I saw so many good things that I refuse to put the result in focus today. I was very proud of how we played. We were courageous. I kind of have a crush on this team.”
“It is going to be a big task to turn this tie around but we are not giving up. Obviously everyone is disappointed because it did not feel like a 3-0. But a home game in Germany is a home game in Germany. It is not over until we are under the showers. We won’t give away anything.”
What did Tuchel say about the various mistakes made in the match?
Although Tuchel has talented players at his disposal, he needs to address the team’s on-field mistakes. Such as defender Dayot Upamecano’s error that resulted in Manchester City’s second goal, if Bayern hopes to turn the tie around in the second leg.
The Bayern Munich manager said:
“We were badly punished there. That goal came out of nothing.”
“Looking isolated at the result then it looks impossible (to turn around). But it is football and anything can happen. We won’t give it away. It is far too important.”
Although Tuchel may have a different perspective on his team’s performance, Bayern’s club leaders attempted to redirect attention to the Bundesliga. This is the one title they are still most likely to win, in the aftermath of their defeat to Manchester City. Bayern is currently at the top of the league table, with seven games remaining, and two points ahead of second-placed Borussia Dortmund. They are scheduled to host Hoffenheim on Saturday.
Meanwhile Oliver Kahn, Bayern Ceo also provided his statement:
“There is no point now in complaining and being negative.”
“We have the big chance of becoming German champions. It is a tight race which means we cannot allow ourselves to sink into deep thought. We have to bounce back on Saturday.”
However, only time will tell if Bayern can bounce back at the Allianz in the second leg.
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