FC Bayern: Stefan Effenberg criticizes Thomas Tuchel for his ways in opposition to Bayer Leverkusen | EUROtoday
ITheir facial expressions stated all of it. The FC Bayern officers and gamers left the stadium in Leverkusen dejected on Saturday night. Why the workforce misplaced the thread at 0:3 (0:1), “there is an expert, we have to ask the coach,” stated CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen in an interview with reporters after the ultimate whistle.
The temper on the German soccer report champions is extraordinarily tense. The focus is on coach Thomas Tuchel. His workforce was proven at occasions within the prime sport of the Bundesliga; there was typically a category distinction, though Tuchel and Dreesen didn't see it that approach – or at the least didn't say it publicly. Such a transparent victory within the summit assembly that may very well be groundbreaking for the championship – for Bayern, this memorable night was the utmost humiliation.
After 21 match days they’re now 5 factors behind league leaders Leverkusen. There is a danger of a titleless season, as a result of on this type a triumph within the Champions League appears unrealistic. Tuchel had taken his workforce to process earlier than the sport, demanded a press release victory and stated they needed to “put the cards on the table”. And then this.
His tactical plan didn't work. In addition, his workforce let him down. “That was one of our worst performances on the most important day and in the most important game,” stated captain Manuel Neuer. “You can’t compete against a team like that. That was far too little of us. “Everyone has to think about it and look at themselves as to why they didn’t do what was necessary.”
Tuchel had modified the fundamental order and supplied 5 defenders in protection in a variable three-five chain, winter signing Sacha Boey performed for the primary time from the beginning – on the left aspect, the place he had not performed for a very long time. When the Bayern lineup was proven in Leverkusen's dressing room, “we felt how much respect they have for us,” stated Bayer protection chief Jonathan Tah. “That definitely gave us more courage and self-confidence.” Bayern, alternatively, lacked a lot: braveness, creativity, dedication, lightness. They created far too few possibilities to attain.
“Incomprehensible to me,” says Stefan Effenberg
Experts at the moment are criticizing Tuchel. Stefan Effenberg, as soon as captain of FC Bayern, stated within the “One-two” on Sport1 on Sunday afternoon in reference to the chain within the Bavarian protection: “That hasn’t been played yet this season. It was incomprehensible to me to say that against Leverkusen.”
Effenberg additionally stated: “Bayern Munich has been a club in recent years with a clear 4-2-3-1 system. If you look around a bit now, then yesterday you saw this uncertainty, that they didn’t feel comfortable in these positions.”
Tuchel finds himself in want of clarification. Contritely, the coach stated he “always takes responsibility for the tactics. So it goes without saying that I’ll take it on today too.” But the defeat “had nothing to do with tactics”. The end result doesn't show him proper. “But we prepared well for a week,” he emphasised, indicating that his workforce knew the plan for the sport early on and that he had included them in his concerns.
In reality, the gamers made far too many errors for which the coach can’t be held accountable, or solely to a restricted extent: Before Josip Stanisic's 1-0 win (18th), Bayern round Leroy Sané acted sleepily. What was additionally stunning was that neither after the primary objective conceded nor after Alejandro Grimaldo's 0-2 (fiftieth minute) was there a adequate response or revolt. Bayern lacked coronary heart and concepts, substitute Jeremie Frimpong even made it 3-0 (ninetieth + fifth).
Tuchel left Thomas Müller out once more, and Joshua Kimmich additionally didn't play from the beginning after a shoulder damage. He solely substituted each main gamers within the sixtieth minute when the rating was 0-2. Both expressed huge frustration after the ultimate whistle. “I can quote Olli Kahn: “Some of my balls are missing,” stated Müller about his workforce’s efficiency.
The world champion took the workforce to process – and guarded the coach: “There were enough players of international caliber on the pitch. You don’t even need to go to the coach.” He says his teammates miss “that flash in their eyes that can influence a top game like that. The people of Leverkusen just gamble, they play football, they look for solutions. We do that too, but not in the game when the pressure is there.” Things went a lot better in coaching. It virtually sounded envious when the 34-year-old stated that at Leverkusen you “most of all have the feeling that they have a lot of fun together”.
Joshua Kimmich: “Little to see of joy in playing”
Müller's colleague Kimmich stated: “In general, there is little to be seen in the game of joy, creativity, lightness and freedom.” These are clear phrases from two main gamers that have to be taken as alarming within the membership.
Was it applicable to vary ways on this sport of all occasions? “In general, I’m a fan of the fact that we should be so good that we don’t have to adapt to the opponent,” replied Kimmich. “Still, I think you always have to adapt to a top opponent to some extent. We did that, even if it didn't work out. But I don't think it was the tactics. I don’t have the feeling that we can find each other, that we have a good interaction.”
Tuchel “adjusted the team well. We have to fill the whole thing with life.” The midfield boss's understanding of the fact that he didn't play from the start was limited: “I've done everything in the last two weeks to ensure that I come back quickly, that I come back healthy, to play from the beginning today. At the end of the day, the coach makes the decisions that we players have to accept.”
The already nice strain on Tuchel has elevated enormously. On Tuesday, Bayern fly to Rome, the place they may face Lazio within the first leg of the Champions League spherical of 16 on the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday (9 p.m., DAZN). Dreesen gave the coach and the workforce a really clear transient for the sport. “After a game like this, where we were clearly the worse team, you have to collect yourself and look forward,” stated the membership boss. The sport in Rome is an “opportunity to wipe out the blemish.”
Does Tuchel have to fret about his job after the humiliation at Leverkusen regardless of his contract till the summer season of 2025? “Nothing changes at all. We knew beforehand that it would be a difficult game,” stated Dreesen. “We would have preferred a unique end result. We're concentrating on the following video games.” When asked whether Tuchel was still firmly in the saddle, Dreesen replied somewhat evasively: “I don't need to repeat myself, it stays as I simply stated.”
While Bayern are frustrated, there is euphoria in Leverkusen. The tactical tricks of Xabi Alonso, who is considered the Bayern coach of the future, worked. Bayer's coach surprised Bayern, among other things, by leaving Frimpong out. To change his team like that before this game showed how confident this coach is.
After the tactical masterpiece, his club ennobled him as “El Profesor” on social media. The victory was a show of force. Experts and fans agree: On the way to the championship title, Leverkusen can only stop themselves. After the victory, goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky wanted to go to the Rhenish carnival to celebrate. Alonso didn't stop him. “Today we can celebrate. Maybe tomorrow too,” said the Spaniard on Saturday evening.
As calmly as Alonso watched the celebrations after the third goal, he was just as emotional after the game. When his players lined up in front of the fan curve to celebrate with the fans, the coach joined them for once. Alonso called the entire coaching team onto the pitch to celebrate with the team and fans. “The players need all of us. I alone can't do anything here. I have a top team around me. That is the key to success,” said Alonso.
Goalscorer Grimaldo, about whom Uli Hoeneß, honorary president of FC Bayern, said in an interview during the week that “nobody” knew him until he moved to Leverkusen, was asked about the “Vizekusen” myth. The Spaniard said: “I heard about that. But maybe we can actually win the championship this year.”