HomeTuchel slams 'terrible' Bayern with Bundesliga title hopes fading

Tuchel slams ‘terrible’ Bayern with Bundesliga title hopes fading

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A furious Thomas Tuchel said Bayern Munich had “thrown two points away” after Friday’s 2-2 draw at Freiburg gave Bayer Leverkusen a chance to go 10 points clear at the Bundesliga summit.

Bayern made a slow start at the Europa-Park Stadion and fell behind to Christian Gunter’s low strike, but Mathys Tel’s stunner levelled things up before Jamal Musiala’s solo effort put Bayern 2-1 ahead.

A victory would have taken Bayern within five points of Leverkusen before Xabi Alonso’s men go to Koln on Sunday, but there was a sting in the tail as Lucas Holer volleyed home with three minutes to play.

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Leverkusen could now stetch their advantage to double figures with just 10 games of the season remaining, and Tuchel appears destined to end his disappointing spell as Bayern boss without silverware.

Speaking to ESPN after the game, Tuchel fumed: “It was a terrible first half an hour from us. We completely lacked structure, we were far too undisciplined and deservedly fell behind.

“Positionally, we didn’t execute our game plan at all. We lost the ball going forward and invited our opponents to counterattack.

“We then responded well, had a good second half with plenty of chances, but ultimately we’ve thrown two points away.

“We could have certainly defended the goal that we conceded a lot better. Apart from that, we completely dominated the second half and created plenty of clear goalscoring opportunities.”

Though Bayern’s run of 11 straight German crowns looks likely to end with a whimper, Musiala insists they will continue to fight to the end.

“We are Bayern Munich. We always want to win. It’s really annoying, the way things are going at the moment,” Musiala said. “We want to be champions, we want to win titles.

“We have to stay positive, keep fighting through this period, and play as well as we can until the end if we want to maybe get something out of it.”

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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