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Thomas Tuchel braces for uncomfortable questions on Bayern debut

Known for his tactical abilities, 49-year-old is not expected to make changes to Nagelsmann’s team with lot at stake on Saturday

Reuters Munich Published 31.03.23, 05:15 AM
Thomas Tuchel, in a picture posted on Bayern Munich’s official Twitter handle, shouts instructions to striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting during the new coach’s first training session with the squad

Thomas Tuchel, in a picture posted on Bayern Munich’s official Twitter handle, shouts instructions to striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting during the new coach’s first training session with the squad Stock Photographer

New Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel needs a successful start after joining the German champions last week with his former team, Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund, in town for Der Klassiker on Saturday.

With the match being broadcast to 200 territories globally, all eyes will be on the former Paris St Germain and Chelsea coach who took over after Julian Nagelsmann’s shock sacking days after Bayern’s 2-1 loss at Bayer Leverkusen on March 19.

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Known for his tactical abilities, the 49-year-old is not expected to make changes to Nagelsmann’s team with a lot at stake on Saturday.

Dortmund are top on 53 points, one ahead of Bayern after 25 games, in what looks like a two-horse race for the title, with nine rounds of matches left.

“This is not the time for major changes in the system or tactics of Bayern,” Tuchel said on arriving in the international break, knowing he would have just a handful of training sessions with the entire squad before facing in-form Dortmund.

“Now less is more. I have ideas but we will have to wait. Feedback from players is part of it,” he said.

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