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Tuchel vows to not underestimate DFB Pokal underdogs Preussen Munster

Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel has pledged that his team won’t underestimate lowly Preussen Munster in the DFB Pokal on Tuesday.

Tuchel’s team currently leads the Bundesliga and arrives at the third-division Munster after securing a victory against Manchester United in the Champions League last week and a 7-0 win over Bochum on Saturday.

Tuchel recalled the club’s humiliating 1-0 loss to German minnows Vestenbergsgreuth at the same stage of the DFB Cup in 1994, when the fourth-tier side caused one of the competition’s most significant upsets.

Tuchel told a press conference: “I remember the name Vestenbergsgreuth. I couldn’t believe it at the time. We won’t underestimate the opponent.

“We’re preparing seriously. We’ll play like Bayern want to play. It doesn’t matter who’s on the other side.

“We’re the favorites. There’s not much for us to win. We want to win. And We want to get to Berlin and be in the final. We have to keep winning games for that.”

“I remember the name Vestenbergsgreuth. I couldn’t believe it at the time. We won’t underestimate the opponent.

Tuchel sheds light on how Harry Kane is communicating with the squad ahead of Preussen Munster match

Since that loss to Vestenbergsgreuth, Bayern have emerged victorious in all 28 of their DFB Cup first-round matches, establishing a current record. Among these victories was a 4-1 win against Munster, marking their sole prior encounter during the 2014-15 season.

“Munster can play without pressure,” Tuchel added. “We want to be dominant, want possession, want to use our individual quality.

“We’re expecting an opponent who fights as a unit for an upset. They’ll probably focus on set pieces. They’ll probably also look to use their fans.”

Harry Kane has continued his impressive performance in Munich, netting a hat-trick and contributing two assists during Saturday’s victory over Bochum. Kane has now tallied eight goals in just nine appearances for Bayern, earning praise from Tuchel for his partnership with former Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.

“Leroy speaks fluent English, and communicates a lot with Harry,” Tuchel said. “Harry makes his teammates better, with his character, his style.

“Leroy is in very good form, with good body language and a very good mindset. Both are combing very well at the moment.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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