Bayern Munich’s decision to replace manager Julian Nagelsmann with Thomas Tuchel has not yielded the desired results, leaving the club struggling in both domestic and international competitions. The situation has compelled CEO Oliver Kahn to address the issue and call for better performances from the team.
Prior to Nagelsmann’s departure, Bayern Munich was in a strong position, sitting 2nd in the Bundesliga and reaching the quarterfinals of the DFB-Pokal and the Champions League. However, since Tuchel took over, the club has been eliminated from the DFB Pokal by SC Freiburg and faces a 3-0 deficit in the Champions League against Manchester City after the first leg.
In a recent interview with Sport Bild, Kahn expressed his disappointment with the team’s recent performance. “We always want to win. Such performances, with these results, hurt us. The same goes for the fans. The Pokal exit, the draw [in the Bundesliga against TSG] Hoffenheim — of course, we imagined things would go differently.”
Kahn went on to suggest that the “willingness” of the squad has been lacking lately. “We have over 20 international players in our squad. It’s certainly not a lack of quality. There was little willingness recently. Inconsistency is our consistency. That cannot be the ambition of this team.”
While some may argue that the mid-season coaching change has contributed to the team’s struggles, Kahn did not address this point. Instead, he called on the players to refocus and show their true potential. “Everyone needs to know what’s all about in the decisive phase of the season — to show who FC Bayern are. We would still have a chance against Man City only if we take that to the pitch.”
Kahn also emphasized that Tuchel must make necessary adjustments to improve the team’s performance. “The last few games have shown there are some big screws that Thomas Tuchel has to adjust. Under Thomas Tuchel, the team will find its form and consistency.”
With Bayern Munich’s hopes of a miraculous comeback against Manchester City hanging in the balance, the team must find their form quickly to turn their fortunes around.