Bayern back Tuchel after latest loss places focus on ‘weird’ decision to sack Nagelsmann

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FOOTBALL Bayern back Tuchel after latest loss places focus on ‘weird’ decision to sack Nagelsmann

Joel Omotto • 22:00 - 22.04.2023

The Bavarian giants’ hierarchy has stood by the former Chelsea coach after Saturday’s capitulation in Mainz saw him remain with just two wins from seven games

Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn has backed besieged coach Thomas Tuchel, saying he "is the last person we need to discuss" following their 3-1 loss away to Mainz on Saturday.

With Bayern in control and leading 1-0 at halftime after Sadio Mane's first goal since October, the visitors conceded three goals in 14 minutes.

Borussia Dortmund ascended to the summit of the log with a 4-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, placing the focus back on the Bayern hierarchy's decision to fire Julian Nagelsmann and replace him with Tuchel in late March.

Since taking over, Tuchel has overseen exits in the Champions League to Manchester City and the German Cup to Freiburg, with two wins from seven games in all competitions but Khan has backed the former Chelsea coach.

"He's doing everything with his coaching team, tactically and psychologically, to make the boys understand that it's worth fighting to win this German (league) title," Khan said after the match.

Tuchel, meanwhile, said he was "at a loss" and had "no explanation" for his side's second-half capitulation.

A "perplexed" Tuchel said his side "was missing the energy to fight back from setbacks". "We look like a team that's played 80 games so far this season,” Tuchel said. "We look worn out. We aren't in the condition to play without making mistakes.

"We're losing our order, we're losing our clarity. It's not clear enough over 90 minutes and we were ruthlessly punished. We're not in the position to fight back, to show the necessary energy to show a reaction. The points are falling through our hands like sand."

"I'm always responsible. Regardless of what happens. We will analyse it together. We've lost an extreme amount of points in the second half of the season."

Tuchel said he would give his side three days off ahead of next Sunday's clash against rock-bottom Hertha Berlin.