Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel has responded to the criticism of his team by captain Thomas Müller following their 3-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen.
Müller was furious after the match, and he didn’t hold back in his assessment of his teammates. “We’re missing the balls, and we can quote our Oliver Kahn here, sometimes the balls and this freedom,” he told Sky Sports. “We have a blockhead in our game, especially with the ball.”
He went on to say that he missed “the flash in the eyes, to influence such a top game. With Leverkusen, you have the feeling that they have a lot of fun together,” Müller analyzed. “The Leverkusen players just play, they play football, they look for solutions. We do that too, but not in the game, when the pressure is on.”
Tuchel agrees with Müller
The 34-year-old even explicitly protected the coach when he said: “There were enough players of international format on the pitch for us. You don’t need to go to the coach.”
When asked about Müller’s harsh words, Tuchel told Sky: “He’s not wrong. We had a week to prepare, and we also had the support of Thomas, who suffered a bit under the formation today, because he then only came off the bench.”
He continued: “It happens to us too often that we lose the ball immediately after winning it back, and that’s one of the worst things that can happen to you at this level, and it happens too often. We play too little diagonally and over the shoulder, then we lose our confidence, and then he’s right about a lot of things.”