HomeBayern Munich: Tuchel vows to stay till summer irrespective of Lazio result

Bayern Munich: Tuchel vows to stay till summer irrespective of Lazio result

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Thomas Tuchel has denied suggestions his departure from Bayern Munich will be brought forward if they fail to advance past Lazio in the Champions League tomorrow night.

Tuchel is due to leave the Allianz Arena in the summer following an underwhelming season which is likely to see them fail to retain the Bundesliga title – Bayer Leverkusen hold a 10-point advantage at the summit – for the first time in 12 years.

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The announcement on his future was made on February 21 with the two parties agreeing to continue in a clearly unhappy relationship until the summer. However, since then rumours have continued around discontent in the dressing room while performances on the field have failed to improve, demonstrated by Friday’s disappointing 2-2 draw at Freiburg.

They go into tomorrow’s round of 16, second leg against Lazio 1-0 down and defeat will leave them with nothing to play for over the remaining weeks of the season.

Asked if that will mean he goes immediately, Tuchel said: “Not from my side.

“I know what we have agreed on and what we have communicated but you can be sure there is no one who has more ambition than me to win the game tomorrow.

“Tomorrow every minute will count. Patience yes, if it is about not getting frustrated if things take a bit longer. Patience no, if it is only about generating possession. We have no time to waste.

“Time is on Lazio’s side so we need to play with a cool head but still have emotion and with emotion step on the gas and play for goals.”

There is a great deal of pressure on Tuchel and his players but the former Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain boss doesn’t feel that is necessarily a bad thing.

“I think the situation for us is very clear but for a top performance there needs to be a certain pressure.

“Our most recent results, including the first leg loss in Italy, mean that this won’t feel super-easy tomorrow. Pressure is necessary. It will be there tomorrow.

“We need to win by two goals against an Italian team, a Maurizio Sarri team. The bar is high.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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