Thomas Tuchel hits back after Uli Hoeneß criticism over development of players

Uli Hoeneß, Thomas Tuchel
Uli Hoeneß, Thomas Tuchel / Alexander Hassenstein/GettyImages

Thomas Tuchel felt that Uli Hoeneß's comments were baseless and far from reality after the honorary Bayern Munich president criticised him for failing to develop the team's young players.

No one stirs the pot quite like Uli Hoeneß, and the former Bayern Munich boss/current honorary president was at it again earlier this week as he defended the club's decision to part ways with Thomas Tuchel by saying that he is unable to improve individual players.

Hoeneß insisted that he doesn't have any issues with Tuchel, but said that Bayern Munich need a coach who can improve the players they already have. "I get on very well with Tuchel. But he has a different attitude. He doesn't think he can improve Davies, Pavlovic or Musiala. If it doesn't work out, you should go buy someone else. That can't be the solution. I think you should work hard on the players and give them confidence."

Tuchel responded to the criticism on Saturday ahead of Bayern Munich's clash against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga. And the 50 year old, who will be leaving Bayern at the end of the season, called Hoeneß's claims baseless.

In an interview wtih Sky Sport, Tuchel defended his track record of giving chances to young players, "Of course, that's miles away from reality. If there's one thing my coaching team has proven over the last 15 years, it's that young players from the academy always have a place in training with us. And through performances, they can earn a place on the pitch. We have also proven that at FC Bayern. I find the comments absolutely baseless."

This is a disruption that Bayern Munich did not need just days before the first leg of their Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid. The hope will be that this does not affect performances on the pitch as Bayern look to end their season on a high.