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Tuchel defends Kahn and Salihamidzic

Thomas Tuchel criticized rumors regarding the future of Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic at Bayern Munich, stating that these off-field leaders have had a significant impact in shaping the club.

Bayern Munich eliminated from the Champions League on quarter-finals for the third season in a row after drawing 1-1 against Manchester City and losing 4-1 on aggregate.

Tuchel’s side was eliminated from the UCL and DFB Pokal in recent weeks

However, reports have cast doubt on whether Bayern will continue to support CEO Kahn and sporting director Salihamidzic, with most focus falling on the possibility of departures.

“I read absolutely nothing,” Tuchel told reporters. “I come here in the morning and I feel a good energy here. My focus is on influence what I can influence.

“No need to comment on the rumours. My cooperation with the club management is goal- and solution-oriented. Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic shaped the club.”

The German added: “I don’t rule out that some unrest affects the players. But it will never be completely calm. We focus on the things that we can influence ourselves. I don’t know any other way.”

Tuchel’s leadership at Bayern resulted in the team’s elimination from the DFB-Pokal by Freiburg in early April, and the team has not progressed beyond the quarter-finals of the competition in the past three seasons.

He added: “This is not a crisis. We must not question everything. There is always a sense of reality involved. Many big clubs didn’t make it to the [Champions League] quarter-finals. But we remain ambitious and we always want more. We’re still first in the Bundesliga.”

Russell Murray
Russell Murray
Russell Murray is a passionate football journalist whose heart beats to the rhythm of the beautiful game. With an insatiable appetite for all things football, Russell is always seeking to capture the essence of the sport. Also, he strongly believes that Guti and Diego Milito never received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to football.
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