Bayern Munich release statement in support of Thomas Tuchel following Dietmar Hamann’s criticism

Bayern Munich released a statement on Monday in support of head coach Thomas Tuchel.

“Our head coach Thomas Tuchel was asked by supporters on Sunday as part of a fan club visit about his coaching career and his previous experiences abroad at Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, and naturally provided information about this during the discussion. He also answered general questions from fans about Spain as a footballing country. He never spoke about Xavi Hernández and his successor, as was falsely claimed afterwards. We will no longer accept such non-factual statements directed against our coach, which always come from the same source.” – Jan-Christian Dreesen (CEO, FC Bayern München AG) and Christoph Freund (sporting director, FC Bayern München AG)

As reported by Kicker, this comes after Dietmar Hamann spoke about Tuchel on Sky90. Speaking on the programme, Hamann stated that Tuchel is the “biggest understanding since Jürgen Klinsmann” suggesting that Tuchel and Bayern is a relationship that doesn’t work.

“He [Tuchel] sits there and talks about Xavi, about his successor and that he would like to coach in Barcelona or Spain. That’s a disgrace. Tuchel is a very intelligent man, something like that doesn’t just slip out of his mouth. But he needs to know one thing – when you are an employee of FC Bayern, messing with the club’s leadership was rarely a good idea,” said Hamann (h/t: iMiaSanMia).

“He [Tuchel] is the biggest misunderstanding since Jürgen Klinsmann. They don’t fit together and he knows that now. When I look at the last three home games, it’s subpar by Bayern’s standards. Against three teams at the bottom, that’s simply not enough. That has nothing to do with football.”

Successive wins against Union Berlin and Augsburg put Bayern Munich to within two points of Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen. They have two difficult games against Borussia Mönchengladbach and Leverkusen, before travelling to Italy to face Lazio in the Champions League Last 16.

The Rekordmeister have also been active in the transfer window. Eric Dier arrived from Tottenham Hotspur, before Bayern announced the arrival of Galatasaray’s Sacha Boey at the weekend.

GGFN | Daniel Pinder

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