Bayern Munich head coach Thomas Tuchel has called for Germany to stand up to right-wing extremism ahead of planned demonstrations.
Figures in German football have spoken against Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in recent weeks. Football Bayern Munich honorary president Uli Hoeness made a statement against them during a memorial ceremony for Franz Beckenbauer on Friday. Bayer Leverkusen head coach Xabi Alonso and Freiburg coach Christian Streich have also spoken out against right-wing extremism.
In his pre-match press conference, Tuchel was asked about planned demonstrations against right-wing extremism in Germany.
Tuchel said: “We can’t stand up enough.
“There’s no doubt about fighting against all forms of extremism, but obviously also against right-wing extremism in particular given the discussion and our history. There can be no doubt there.”
Bayern coach also paid tribute to the late Franz Beckenbauer and compared him to Pele and Maradona.
He said: “Franz was in the same league as Pele and Diego Maradona – you can’t get bigger than that.
“It was a nice, respectful and dignified service. The speeches were very powerful.”
Tuchel confirmed loan signing Eric Dier will be in the squad for their Bundesliga clash with Werder Bremen on Sunday. Bayern is four points behind leaders Bayer Leverkusen with a game in hand.
Tuchel said: “It’s obviously a classic fixture that had a huge allure when I was a kid.
“There’s always a special energy and lots of goals. Bremen have a special way of playing, always looking to attack.
“It’s about three points. We’ll adjust everything for what’s best for us to get the three points.”