Thomas Tuchel urges Bayern to fight "for all three titles"
The former PSG boss surprisingly replaced Julian Nagelsmann as the Bayern head coach during the international break. In his first game in charge, he will lead Bayern against his former side, Dortmund. The German coach tips his new side to win a treble this season.
Despite chasing a treble this season, Julian Nagelsmann was sacked from Bayern Munich and was shortly replaced by the former Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain boss, Thomas Tuchel. Tuchel's first game in charge will be against his former side, Borussia Dortmund, who are currently leading the Bundesliga table with one point.
"Today was the first training session with everyone. I feel positive energy and great anticipation. We are very aware of the importance of the game,"
Tuchel said on Friday.
"These are the weeks of truth at FC Bayern and now it's about titles. Normally Bayern can focus a little more on the Champions League at this stage of the season because they already have a lead in the Bundesliga.
"That's not the case this year and that's why every game counts now. When you arrive at Bayern in April and still are in all competitions, you'll be fighting for all three titles.
"Of course, the quality and performance of the team should be right and should improve, but in the end it's about the titles."
There were suggestions that Nagelsmann lost the dressing room at Bayern before getting sacked. Denying he had any contacts with Nagelsmann, Tuchel said:
"I want to gather my own impressions.
"Some people went with Nagelsmann and some stayed, but I don't see why working with me shouldn't work.
"I would like to form my own opinions and then draw my own conclusions from them. But the impressions have been very positive in all departments.
"Eat, sleep, work and repeat are the keywords. It feels like it has been a month's work and I have been pretty tired every day, but it's still good."
Amid suggestions, many players were disappointed by Nagelsmann’s exit. Joshua Kimmich described Nagelsmann as an "outstanding" coach while on international duty with Germany. On Kimmich's comments, Tuchel said: "
His disappointment is understandable. It's not a problem to have a close relationship with a coach.
"Joshua is a player who embodies Bayern. He is a very important player. It's a gift to work with players like that. Most of the time, players' feedback is welcome.
"Along with Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller, he is a very important player. I didn't feel any reservations [from them]."
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