Thomas Tuchel emphasizes that Bayern Munich will not succumb to pressure for hurried decisions in the final days of the January transfer window, despite an increasing injury list.
With several key first-team players sidelined, including Joshua Kimmich, Konrad Laimer, and Dayot Upamecano, Bayern aims to make strides in the Bundesliga title race during their upcoming match against Augsburg.
Tuchel acknowledges the challenge to the squad’s depth in the weeks ahead but stresses the club’s commitment to avoiding impulsive signings.
“The transfer windows are getting more and more complicated. The public plays a bigger and bigger part in that,” he said at his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.
“I have full confidence in what we’re doing. We won’t be forced into crazy things. The team is clear for tomorrow. You rely on that as a coach. We’ll push the team through tomorrow’s game. I’m sure we’ll have everything to get an important away win tomorrow.”
Thomas Tuchel addresses Joshua Kimmich transfer rumors
Due to Upamecano’s thigh injury, Eric Dier is poised to maintain his position in the starting lineup after making his debut for Bayern in the midweek victory over Union Berlin. Tuchel praised Dier’s seamless integration into the squad since his loan transfer from Tottenham.
“Obviously he’s lacking training sessions and playing time with the team. Now we’ve had a crash course, which is sometimes the best. He’s very aware, very clear in everything he does. I have great confidence that he’ll play well again tomorrow,” Tuchel said.
Bayern head into Saturday’s match four points behind unbeaten Leverkusen, whom they face in a title showdown on February 10.
“There’s no putting a value on the importance of games. Konrad Laimer and Dayot Upamecano are out for weeks. Konny (Laimer) has played every game for us, so it’s tough. We have to try to compensate for that,” he said.
“There’s a plan. We feel prepared. But there are obviously a lot of injuries from the rearranged game (against Union).”
Tuchel said Kimmich had “no chance” of being available, adding: “His shoulder needs to be immobilised, and then we’ll take things a week at a time. It’s tough to put a timescale on Josh being out.”