After last weekend’s poor result against Werder Bremen, Bayern Munich bounced back with a narrow 1-0 win against Union Berlin on Wednesday. They remain four points behind league leaders Bayer Leverkusen. It was a much-needed win for Die Roten, but the team performance was far from perfect.
Thomas Tuchel finds himself under pressure at Bayern after the lack of playing identity on the pitch. The club chiefs were reportedly stunned by Tuchel’s comments about having no answers for the difference between training and game performances. The German coach finds himself under the spotlight as Bayern enter a crucial phase of the season.
Despite the growing pressure and criticism of Tuchel, Bayern are not planning a coaching change midway through the season, as per Sky Sports in Germany (via iMiaSanMia). The club chiefs still believe in Tuchel’s qualities as head coach. Moreover, the majority of the squad still believes in Tuchel’s vision.
The Bavarian club continues to follow the development of Xabi Alonso with league leaders Bayer Leverkusen. The Spanish coach could become a serious option if Tuchel doesn’t stay at Die Roten beyond the current campaign.
It will take a crazy run of results for Bayern chiefs to consider Tuchel’s departure this season. Even though performances have not been far from ideal this season, Bayern have lost only three games until now across all competitions. They have been grinding out wins, but sooner rather than later, performances also need to accompany results.
Tuchel will be judged by the results and performances on the pitch. A trophyless campaign will certainly bring an end to his tenure. As things stand, they are chasing Bayer Leverkusen in the league. In the Champions League, Die Roten have been drawn against Lazio in the round of 16.
Bayern stunned fans last season by sacking Julian Nagelsmann at the end of March. The club chiefs insisted that inconsistency in performances over the season forced them to part ways with Nagelsmann. The German coach got the news of his sacking from the media before the club communicated the news to him.
Sacking Nagelsmann was a poor decision in hindsight since Die Roten were alive in all three competitions at that time. Nagelsmann’s departure gave Tuchel very little time in that particular campaign to make an impact. They were knocked out of the DFB Pokal and Champions League, while the Bundesliga title win came on the final day courtesy of Borussia Dortmund’s failure to win their game. Bayern should avoid making such a rash decision this season unless the team goes on a terrible run of defeats.