Thomas Tuchel’s Tactical Missteps: Analysis of FC Bayern’s Loss against Bayer Leverkusen

2024-02-11 06:43:00

Head coach Thomas Tuchel obviously miscoached himself during FC Bayern’s top Bundesliga game at Bayer Leverkusen. He set up his team with a different basic formation, wanted to surprise the opponent with a three-man chain and present them with tasks. In the end it didn’t help, FC Bayern clearly and deservedly lost 3-0. What the new playing system has brought to Tuchel is a new debate about himself.

It quickly became clear why the Munich team deviated from their four-man defense in the top game against the Werkself: Tuchel wanted to mirror the opponent’s formation in order to get into more direct duels with the Leverkusen team and take advantage of it. In the end, that didn’t help much, as Leverkusen also threw out their basic tactical order and played in an unfamiliar 4-2-3-1 system.

Tuchel quickly made it clear after the game that he took responsibility for the chosen tactic, but said defiantly: “But we will never be able to prove what would have happened with a different tactic.”

Shortly after the final whistle, Thomas Müller at “Sky” did not want to accept the unusual 3-4-3 basic order as an excuse (“There were enough players of international caliber and you don’t need to blame the coach”) , Bavaria’s CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen said afterwards in a similar tone.

“I don’t want to speculate too much about the line-up. Leverkusen were simply better. We deserved to lose, we just have to accept that. Luckily we still have 13 match days left and will hope for one or two mistakes from Leverkusen,” said Dreesen after the third defeat of the season in the Bundesliga.

Dreesen: “We deserved to lose – unfortunately”

Dreesen quickly took the wind out of the sails of an emerging coaching discussion in Munich due to the now gaping five-point gap with leaders Bayer Leverkusen: “Nothing changes. We knew beforehand that it would be a difficult game. We would have had one “We want a different result. We’re concentrating on the next games.”

The Bayern boss wants to maintain his optimism and, even after the defeat in the direct duel with Bayer Leverkusen, still believes that his club will win the championship again: “Who would I be if I wasn’t an optimist until the end. We’re not giving up, “We have to be there when Leverkusen slips up. After a game like today, you have to collect yourself and look forward.”

The frustration of not having been at his peak performance in the most important game of the Bundesliga season so far, however, still bothered the record champions’ CEO: “It was the game that the whole of football Germany had been looking forward to for weeks. And “We deserved to lose – unfortunately,” Dreesen summed it up from his perspective.

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