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Ilkay Gundogan rates Thomas Tuchel’s pedigree amid Barcelona links

Ilkay Gundogan praises outgoing Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel, amid rumors of Tuchel potentially taking over Xavi’s position at Barcelona.

Barcelona recently announced Xavi’s departure at the end of the 2023/24 season, as the team’s performance has not matched last season’s La Liga triumph.

Despite recent improvements with ten points from the last 12 games, Barcelona trails Real Madrid by eight points and has been eliminated from the Copa del Rey after a heavy defeat to Athletic Club.

Various high-profile managers have been linked with Xavi’s successor role, including former Champions League winner Tuchel, who is set to leave Bayern Munich after a disappointing season.

Gundogan, who previously played under Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund, speaks highly of his former manager when asked about him.

“I’m very surprised that Bayern are having difficulties now. With Thomas Tuchel they have one of the best coaches in Europe,” Gundogan said about Tuchel.

“I can only say positive things about him from when we were at Dortmund. He’s outstanding tactically and extremely honest and open. Personally, I got along very well with him.”

Before his departure from Bayern was officially confirmed, Tuchel openly expressed interest in potentially coaching Barcelona. Indicating his willingness to embrace another challenge abroad.

Moving abroad would appeal to me again. Spain has an extraordinary league,” he admitted. “From my perspective, and based on my experience working with Spaniards, they are characterised by a tremendous amount of self-confidence.

“When you speak with Spanish players, I quickly get the sense that you are engaging with the person.”

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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