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Tuchel rues ‘big step backwards’ for Bayern in Hoffenheim draw

Thomas Tuchel believes that Bayern Munich failed to energize their supporters ahead of their clash with Manchester City on Wednesday

According to Thomas Tuchel, Bayern Munich’s 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga on Saturday was a “major setback”.

Despite taking an early lead through Benjamin Pavard’s goal, Hoffenheim equalized in the 71st minute with a stunning free-kick from Andrej Kramaric.

Bayern Munich still have a two-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table despite the 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim. Borussia Dortmund also dropped points, drawing 3-3 with 10-man Stuttgart.

Tuchel laments Bayern’s lack of pace

However, the draw and the midweek loss to Manchester City in the Champions League have left coach Thomas Tuchel feeling frustrated.

He believes that the team missed the opportunity to excite the fans ahead of the second leg against Manchester City on Wednesday.

“We didn’t have enough speed, too few changes of pace, and we made mistakes,” he said.

“We didn’t get any security in. Bayern started to defend carelessly. The display today was not enough; it was a disappointment for me. We have a lot of room for improvement today.

“It’s extremely amazing because I felt the energy in the training, but it wasn’t there on the field.

“We have to process it first, but it’s definitely a big step backwards. Today was the moment to inspire fire and confidence. We didn’t succeed at all.

“It’s going to be difficult on Wednesday anyway [in the second leg against City], it’s not going to get any easier now.

“We missed an opportunity to put ourselves and the fans in the mood to believe in it at all.”

Kimmich slams Bayern’s ‘bad performance’

Joshua Kimmich, who played in midfield for Bayern, had a disappointing game and lost the ball more times than any other player on the team (16). He was unable to give a reason for Bayern’s difficult performance.

“Today was an absolutely bad performance from us, we know that,” he said.

“After a 3-0 defeat you would actually think that you want to show a reaction. Especially in the Bundesliga, where it’s very tight and where we need every point.

“I can’t explain why we put in such a performance on the pitch today. It’s lack of concentration, recklessness, we’re not really there. We played without energy and then you can’t win either.

“Our squad all know that we need a completely different performance against City. We know we can do it too, but we have to put it on the pitch.”

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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