FC Bayern Munich will have to do without Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in the Bundesliga at SC Freiburg on Saturday and possibly also on Tuesday in the Champions League at Manchester City. This was announced by coach Thomas Tuchel at a press conference on Friday.
The top scorer has “problems with his knee,” explained Tuchel. With regard to the quarter-final first leg at Manchester City in the premier class on Tuesday, it will be “tight”, says Bayern’s coach: “Time is short. After the game against Dortmund it was a bit the same situation, we made it. We have to wait.”
Choupo-Moting could replace Mathys Tel. But the Frenchman is not an option against Freiburg after his muscle fiber tear. “Otherwise Sadio Mané and Serge Gnabry are candidates for the front. Both can fill this position,” said Tuchel.
In addition, Tuchel gave the reasons for the performance fluctuations of his team, which was eliminated from the DFB Cup against Freiburg during the week. “In summary, we are currently lacking the form. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to say it like that. It’ll all come back, I’m sure. It requires work, biliousness and toxicity,” he said.
When he lost the cup, his players would have lacked “precision, lightness and a bit of trust”: “As a result, we lack creativity.” In addition, Tuchel denounced the many goals conceded.
Nevertheless, Julian Nagelsmann’s successor believes “in the composition of the squad” and in a positive outcome of the upcoming tasks.
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That’s it! The press conference is over.
Tuchel on dealing with the players
“The players are very self-critical and I told them exactly the same thing as I did at the press conference. But it doesn’t get us anywhere just to think about the bad things. We have to think positively. Everyone has to dare to be positive. That It’s not that easy. But we can’t just dig in and figure things out on our own. The group always gives everything and we can keep staying positive. Form only comes back if we take care of the day-to-day. Thursday’s training session was great good. Then it’s not forbidden to develop bite. We mustn’t make the mistake of analyzing everything. We have to develop bite as a team. We’re on our way to fighting our way back to top form. Our goal is to get a reaction in to show Freiburg.”
Tuchel on the balancing act between Freiburg and City
“We cannot practice things against Freiburg with a view to the game against Man City. They are completely different games. But we have the game in the back of our minds because we have an English week ahead.”
Tuchel on replacement for Choupo-Moting
“Mathys Tel can also play up front, but he’s also missing at the moment. That was his first answer when I asked him. Otherwise, Sadio Mané and Serge Gnabry are candidates for up front. Both can fill this position.”
Tuchel on the current form
“I still believe in the composition of the squad and in the games with a view to the next few weeks. In summary, we are currently lacking in form. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to say it like that. It will all come back, I’m sure. It demands labour, biliousness and toxicity.”
Tuchel on Choupo-Moting’s chances to play against Man City
“It’s going to be tight for Chuopo, he’s being treated and won’t go today. Time is short. After the game against Dortmund it was a bit the same situation, we made it. We’ll have to wait and see.”
Tuchel on Musiala’s handball
“He knows that himself, he’s a smart boy. It’s not just his fault, there were also a few before him in the chain. The action is of course very unfortunate. Nowadays you can’t take that risk with the poor anymore. He did a great training session yesterday. The dressing room is top notch. Everyone is ready to help immediately. Sometimes it’s better not to pick on it 20 times. That wasn’t an issue after the game or in the last few days. He is absolutely ready to begin.”
Tuchel on Manchester City and Marcel Reif’s doubts
“We can talk about that on Monday, now we’re preparing for Freiburg. Marcel Reif is entitled to his opinion. It doesn’t matter if we go to Manchester as the underdog.”
Tuchel on the appearance of his team
“We have to take an approach that allows us to react to different systems. There is the inconsistency. It looks like a pattern, but I still refuse to say it after two games. But we concede too many goals. I want to still draw positive things from it.”
Tuchel on the reaction of the team
“We need a reaction, we would need that too if we had won. Even if you don’t want to hear that, there were positive things about it. I’m the first to usually say: I don’t feel like doing that now listen. You always focus on being eliminated. That’s not the only truth. It can happen in football that the result isn’t 100 percent true. We have to accept that. We have to listen to it now. And vice versa “We will also have victories where we have to deal with the fact that we weren’t good and that it’s not enough. I think that the will and the willingness were enough to dominate the game and win. We have “We didn’t allow anything and were brutally punished with two long-range shots. We didn’t have the necessary precision in our chances. Maybe also a bit of determination and passion, although that’s easy to say for a team that has a lot of possession and attacks . The team that defends is often said to be passionate about defending. Passionate attacking sometimes looks less passionate than defending, because the sliding tackle often looks good and defensive duels are easier than offensive ones. We lack the last pass, the precision, the lightness and a bit of trust. As a result, we lack creativity. We lack the form.”
Tuchel on the end of the DFB Cup
“Anger is his very immediate feeling. It hurts again when the draw is coming up. But the immediate anger is gone for now. We have to accept it, learn from it and draw the right conclusions from it. But it hurts. Nevertheless, we have the right “To stay positive. You can also develop anger and still stay positive. There are enough reasons to shake it off and move on.”
Tuchel on the staff situation
“Choupo is out, he has a problem with his knee. It’s too early for Tel too.”
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