Bayern Munich Hires Thomas Tuchel as New Coach: Facing a Challenging Start
The newly-appointed coach of Bayern Munich, Thomas Tuchel, admits that he has a challenging start to his job, taking over from Julian Nagelsmann. Tuchel’s first crucial game? An encounter with his former club Borussia Dortmund on April 1, followed by the quarterfinals of the Champions League against Manchester City just ten days later. With many key players away on international duty and seven games scheduled in the first 22 days of April, Tuchel has little time to rest or practice new tactics. “The challenge can’t be any greater,” Tuchel said.
Tuchel was presented as the new coach on Saturday, following his successful stints with Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea. Bayern Munich is still in contention for three major titles this season – the Bundesliga, the German Cup, and the Champions League. However, consistency has been an issue as highlighted by Bayern’s chief executive, Oliver Kahn, which led to Nagelsmann’s departure.
The club is looking to Tuchel to get the best out of players whose form has dropped off this season, such as Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry, and Sadio Mane. Tuchel admits that the move to Bayern came as a surprise, and he had no contact with the club as recently as Tuesday.
The challenge for Tuchel begins immediately, and he admits that he was “relatively naive in the first conversation” with Bayern. Despite the challenges ahead, Tuchel believes that Bayern against Dortmund is “the” game in German soccer, and he is determined to deliver success to his new team.
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