Bayern Munich concluded a chaotic week by holding a press conference on Saturday to explain the managerial change. Julian Nagelsmann left Bayern on Friday after just over 18 months, while Thomas Tuchel was signed on a 2.5-year deal. The German coach returns to football management after parting ways with Chelsea in October.
Tuchel was unveiled in front of the media on Saturday. The Bavarian club had to act decisively to get Thomas Tuchel since there was significant interest from several clubs across Europe. It was one of the reasons for Die Roten to make the managerial two months before the end of the season.
For some fans, the departure of Nagelsmann came as a surprise. Despite the inconsistent form in the Bundesliga this season, Bayern was well-placed to have a good crack at winning all three competitions. However, the club hierarchy believed a managerial change was needed to have the best chance to win all three trophies.
While talking to the media on Saturday (via iMiaSanMia), Thomas Tuchel admitted that he would do everything possible to bring all three trophies to Bavaria this season. He also insisted that Nagelsmann did a fine job in keeping the club in contention across all competitions at the start of April.
"“The position that Julian created with the team, that we have a chance of winning the title in all three competitions, has to be exploited. Of course there are also risks involved. But we love the pressure and the stress.”“My love for the game is way bigger than the concerns. It’s about approaching the task with confidence and we want to compete for all three titles.”"
Tuchel’s first game will be a big one as they host Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. The Der Klassiker will have a big say in the title race since Die Roten is currently one point behind league leaders Dortmund. It will be a special game for Tuchel since he had previously managed Bayern’s arch-rivals.
The race for the Champions League is going to be tricky and interesting for Bayern. The Bavarian club will face Manchester City in the quarter-finals. If they manage to beat the Premier League champions, Die Roten will face Chelsea/Real Madrid in the semi-finals.
Thomas Tuchel has recently won the Champions League after taking over at Chelsea midway through the season in 2021. He will be hoping to emulate the same achievement with Bayern this season. The record Bundesliga champions have the squad depth to go all the way. They have been excellent in Europe this season, winning all of their eight games until now.
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Bayern also has a chance of winning the DFB Pokal this season after missing out on this trophy last season. They will face Freiburg next month in the quarter-finals of the German cup. Tuchel will get the ideal start to life in Bavaria if he manages to guide the team over the line in all three competitions. Winning the treble will also vindicate the club hierarchy’s decision to make the coaching change in March.