Thomas Tuchel was able to find something positive in the draw at the Bundesliga summit. “We didn’t accept losing and showed a reaction, pride and character,” emphasized the Bayern Munich coach after the 2-2 (0-2) draw at challenger RB Leipzig on Saturday evening.
He “saw two very different halves,” explained Tuchel. In the first round, the build-up of the game was “too slow, too faulty”: “We weren’t brave enough.” Right at the start, Lois Openda (20th) and Castello Lukeba (26th) put Leipzig in the lead, Harry Kane ( 57th, hand penalty) and Leroy Sane (70th) saved Bayern the point.
Tuchel emphasized that the team “didn’t admit defeat”: “And I think that’s the big difference at the moment compared to last season. That these games don’t completely slip away from us.” However, the draw meant that Bayern missed out on getting back to the top of the table and have to settle for third place for the time being.
When asked whether more teams could make life difficult for Bayern this year, Tuchel replied: “Of course that can be the case.” But it makes no sense to “speculate,” said the Bayern coach: “We want to be ahead in the end be. We want to be at the forefront all the time and show consistency and grit that we can do that.”
Rose in a positive mood
Coach Marco Rose from RB Leipzig is in a positive mood ahead of the Champions League duel with Manchester City. The RB coach emphasized that he would “definitely take a point and a good feeling” from the draw in the Bundesliga summit against record champions Bayern Munich.
On Wednesday (9 p.m. / in the FAZ live ticker for the Champions League and Sky) the DFB Cup winners will welcome the English champions in the premier class. “It’s no secret what’s coming our way,” said Rose. The last time they met, RB lost 7-0 in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 in Manchester.
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After the draw against Bayern, however, Rose had the feeling that “if we generate well, we will have our opportunities there too.” They will “make a good plan and try to implement it better than a few months ago.” The team “played well” in the Bundesliga home game against the “top opponent” from Munich.