Where should we go, Thomas Tuchel? Image: AFP
The Champions League is the start of the competition against which coaches in Munich have to be measured. Beforehand, there are some questions about the condition of the team. There are not answers for all of them.
On Wednesday evening (9 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Champions League and on DAZN) you will hear the anthem of the Champions League for the first time this season in the arena in Munich – and at the same time see an opponent there who has been more than… spent 500 million euros on new football players. This is how the transfer fees are said to have been added up by coach Erik ten Hag with the Manchester United transfer team, including goalkeeper André Onana (52 million), defender Lisandro Martínez (57 million), midfielder Mason Mount (64 million) and the Strikers Rasmus Højlund (75 million) and Anthony (95 million) were allowed to invest.
And in the defensive midfielder Casemiro (70 million), whom the transfer team in Manchester lured away with an ultimate offer from Madrid, where, as Thomas Tuchel would probably say, he was the “holding six” of a team that dominated the Champions League, but more on that later. From a neutral and sober point of view, Manchester United’s millions – regardless of what one fundamentally thinks of such sums – can be seen: On Wednesday evening, an opponent with very great possibilities will play in the arena in Munich.