Thomas Tuchel counts his Bayern stars after the first competitive game of the season. He doesn’t name any names, but Bayern’s Supercup defeat against Leipzig makes it clear who the head coach is currently dissatisfied with.
The summer transfer window is just over two weeks away. That’s how long Thomas Tuchel still has time to continue forming his squad for the coming season. On the one hand to sort out, on the other hand to attract new players who find a common – and affordable – denominator in the club’s transfer committee.
After all, the 49-year-old wants to polish up his personal record in 13 competitive games since taking office. Because it reads frighteningly: 13 games, six wins (not even 50 percent!), two draws, five defeats, with 22:20 goals. Category expandable.
In the ruthlessly open criticism of his team after the 0: 3 in the Supercup against RB Leipzig, the Bayern coach did not name any names, but his gestures and acoustically loud interventions on the sidelines, especially in the first half, gave a clue as to who Tuchel’s public tutoring has applied.
Leader Kimmich not able to lead
Joshua Kimmich: The six, who wants to be one (“I’m a six!”), but according to Tuchel doesn’t have the DNA for it, seems unsettled after his coach’s criticism. Should he now play more offensively or more defensively?
Kimmich (28), currently captain, is said to be a leading player, but does not lead the teammates because he is struggling with himself.
“You don’t have to be surprised: just two weeks ago, Tuchel Kimmich agreed to play in the position he played against RB,” said ex-national player Didi Hamann on “Bild TV”. A powder keg opens.
Has Pavard already said goodbye?
Benjamin Pavard: The Frenchman had to play his right-back position, which he did not prefer. His performance in the first half was disastrous, as if he had finished with FC Bayern, which he plans to leave in August.
Tuchel anticipated the end of the yellow-red card by substituting for the break. Manchester United and Liverpool FC are courting the 27-year-old.
Munich is said to have rejected an initial offer of around 30 million euros. Nevertheless: Was this already Pavard’s farewell performance?
Leon Goretzka receives the next slap in the face from Tuchel
Leon Goretzka: Because summer signing Konrad Laimer played a weaker half against ex-club RB, Tuchel took him down at the break, but did not bring Goretzka (28), who had acted alongside Kimmich for years – mostly successfully.
The next slap in the face for the reserve captain, who came in fifth and last in the 78th minute – when the score was 3-0 and all was lost.
After the final whistle, Goretzka waved to the audience, lost in thought and melancholy for a long time – a quiet Servus?
By Patrick Strasser