Still holding Uli Hoeneß his protective hand Thomas Tuchel. Bayern need “more continuity” in the coaching position, a long-time patron said ahead of the Leverkusen summit that was wasted by coach Tuchel and his team – a statement that remains valid even after humiliation from title favourites. Or?

“Thomas Tuchel is too bad for me in public,” Hoeneß told FAZ. And in general: “When we worked together with the coach for a long time, it was always good: with pep GuardiolaWith Jupp Heynckes, with Ottmar Hitzfeld, with Udo Lattek. At the moment we don’t have that consistency, that stability.”

Tuchel has the support of Bayern coach Driesen

That would mean giving Tuchel time – as Bayern’s first coach since Guardiola, the last to date not to leave in less than two years. “The coaching issue,” stressed CEO Jan-Christian Dresen after the bitter 3-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen, “nothing changes at all.”

Still: Tuchel needs convincing wins as quickly as possible. In the first leg of the 1/8 finals of the Champions League on Wednesday (21:00/DAZN) in Rome’s Lazio, so that the third title does not slip out of sight prematurely. And then in the championship against Bochum, Leipzig and Freiburg to preserve the remaining chances for the cup.

Matthäus: “There will definitely be internal discussions”

The boulevard is already on fire. “Tuchel on the wobble from now on,” read a headline in Bild on Monday, along with supposed news that star coach Jose Mourinho was “set on Bayern” and was studying German. However, the Portuguese already revealed the latter in September 2019 (!).

Still: It wouldn’t be a “miracle” for Lothar Matthäus if Tuchel’s job was in jeopardy. “Of course there will be an internal discussion. There has to be. Everything else will not be like Bayern,” the national team’s record holder wrote in his Sky column.

Tuchel “went all in and lost” at Leverkusen, he said. Matthew: “It seemed like he wanted to show everyone, but unfortunately it didn’t work. A bit like Carlo Ancelotti in Paris.” The Italian provoked his departure in September 2017 with a squad without many leading players at Paris Saint-Germain (0:3).

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Hamann: Tuchel “dismantled” several Bayern stars

Tuchel initially made do without Bayer’s leading men Joshua Kimmich and Thomas Müller and left Matthijs de Ligt on the bench for 90 minutes. According to Sky expert Dietmar Hamann, he literally “dismantled” Kimmich and de Ligt, like Leon Goretzka before him.

Tuchel, Matthaus said, had the right to do so. “A coach can irritate, ignore, ignore or dismantle locker room leaders,” he wrote, “but then he must win, and win convincingly.” It failed miserably.

Eberl could protect Tuchel – at least for now

Is this the coach? Or, as Thomas Müller suggested, on the stars? Tuchel has often emphasized how unbalanced he feels his squad is and how he has to constantly adapt his game idea. Subtext: If I could do what I wanted, things would be better.

Max Eberl will soon have to answer how much the bosses like this argument. His appointment as athletic director on March 1 is considered a formality. Eberl is Hoeneß’s man. That might protect Tuchel – for now. (sid/ms)

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