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Tuchel admits blame in Bayern’s DFB-Pokal exit

Thomas Tuchel has taken responsibility for Bayern Munich’s elimination from the DFB-Pokal, accepting that their hopes for a domestic double or treble are now over

Following Bayern Munich’s late 2-1 defeat against Freiburg in the DFB-Pokal quarter-finals, Thomas Tuchel took the blame for the loss and accepted responsibility.

Despite Dayot Upamecano’s header putting Bayern in the lead, the equalizer by Nicolas Hofler meant that the game was headed for extra time.

Tuchel rues defensive mistakes

Bayern Munich’s hopes of advancing to extra-time were dashed after Jamal Musiala gave away a penalty in the second-half stoppage time. This allowed Freiburg to secure a last-minute 2-1 victory.

Lucas Holer scored the decisive goal from the spot. Despite having only been in charge for two games following the departure of Julian Nagelsmann, Tuchel took responsibility for the defeat.

“I am not really angry,” he said. “We conceded two goals with two shots. I can’t remember another chance from Freiburg.

“The last pass, [and the] precision obviously, are all an issue. But still, we had good moments we could have used, but [we] just could not keep it up.

“In the end, it is our fault. We are very disappointed [to lose] a quarter-final at home. Of course, I am responsible.”

Tuchel started his tenure at Bayern Munich with a convincing 4-2 victory over his former team Borussia Dortmund. Tuchel had previously won the DFB-Pokal.

However, his failure to advance to the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal competition has somewhat diminished the positive start he made.

Bayern Munich will have a chance to avenge their DFB-Pokal exit. They face Freiburg again in the Bundesliga on Saturday. They hope to strengthen their position at the top of the table.

In addition to their domestic campaign, Bayern are also competing for the Champions League title and will play against Manchester City on Tuesday.

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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