Dietmar Hamann has stepped up in the dispute with FCB coach Thomas Tuchel. Jan-Christian Dreesen talks about Manuel Neuer, Jamal Musiala and Max Eberl. Meanwhile, striker Mathys Tel raves about his U21 coach Thierry Henry. All news and rumors about FC Bayern Munich can be found here.
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FC Bayern Munich, News: Dietmar Hamann steps up in the dispute with Thomas Tuchel
Dietmar Hamann has followed up in the dispute with Thomas Tuchel and once again criticized the Bayern coach for his lack of signature with the German record champions. “I don’t think it is or will be a love affair (between Tuchel and FC Bayern; editor’s note) anymore. It’s an alliance of convenience,” said Hamann on Sky90.
“The fact that they became champions – I’m exaggerating – they couldn’t do much about it.” The “results are right” this season, the former international continued, “but the football is not good. When I look at the first half in Istanbul, it was subterranean.”
You can’t afford any periods of weakness, especially against stronger opponents in the Champions League. “If they play against better opponents – and maybe that’s the case next week – then you’ll quickly find yourself 2-0 or 3-0 behind. That only works for so long.”
FCB midfielder Joshua Kimmich also received a swipe from Hamann: “I almost feel sorry for the boy yesterday. That’s a technical or a mental error because he doesn’t know that the Darmstadt player is already so close behind him. He is the walking uncertainty.”
FC Bayern, News: Jan-Christian Dreesen talks about Manuel Neuer, Jamal Musiala and Max Eberl
FCB CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen has promised Manuel Neuer that he will continue to work beyond the end of the season. “As long as it corresponds to our level, there is nothing against the extension,” said Dreesen on the “Blickpunkt Sport” program on Bayerischer Rundfunk.
“Manuel has done incredible things for us,” added Dreesen, “we have a lot to thank him for and have shown in the past that we want to keep deserving players for as long as possible.” Neuer’s contract ends in 2024, and the 37-year-old made his comeback last Saturday against Darmstadt 98 (8-0) after an injury break of almost eleven months.
“He did a very good job and showed his presence,” said Dreesen. Neuer will “certainly also play in the cup” on Wednesday in Saarbrücken, he added. “He should play now and then we can think about the contract.”
Dreesen would also “very much like to have a team” with young star Jamal Musiala, he said: “Jamal is already a fantastic football player. He has incredible abilities and so many opportunities to improve further. We would do well to keep him with him for as long as possible to hold us.” The 20-year-old’s contract runs until 2026.
Dreesen avoided making a clear statement about a possible commitment of Max Eberl as sports director, citing the supervisory board’s responsibility. He himself has “not yet” been included in this personnel: “As long as no one approaches me, there will be no sports director.”
The Bayern boss spoke highly of sports director Christoph Freund, who has been working at Säbener Straße since September. “He’s doing an excellent job. He gets along very, very well with the coach. He’s very communicative – a really good guy,” said Dreesen.
FC Bayern Munich, News: Mathys Tel raves about Thierry Henry
Bayern striker Mathys Tel has revealed that French U21 coach Thierry Henry gave him an important tip for the future. “He tells me not to be afraid. As soon as you can be a killer, you have to be a killer,” said the 18-year-old in an interview with the TV station Téléfoot.
In general, Tel is happy to have the former world-class striker as a coach and to be able to benefit from his experience. “Having such a big name as a coach is very motivating.”
Now the youngster’s goal is to make the jump to the senior national team of the Equipe Tricolore. “First I have to perform at my club. That’s in the back of my mind. I heard that Didier Deschamps (France national coach, note) said that he is monitoring my situation. I can hardly wait for that day, but until then I have to I stay calm,” said Tel.
FC Bayern – News: France Football boss sees “Potential for Ballon d’Or” in Jamal Musiala
The Ballon d’Or will be awarded in Paris on Monday evening by the French football magazine France Football. The editor-in-chief there, Vincent Garcia, has now given an interview to tz – and also talked about the chances of German players.
“Germany shone in 2014 with their cohesive team play, but in recent years it has become more difficult,” explained Garcia. Thomas Müller is “the epitome of a team player”, and for goalkeepers like Manuel Neuer it is “difficult to win the Ballon d’Or”.
But he sees an opportunity in the future with Jamal Musiala: He has “the potential to be at the top in the future.” And: “I also like Leroy Sané a lot!”
Garcia was also asked about the suspended 2020 award, when Robert Lewandowski was considered the big favorite to win the award. Instead, the then Bayern striker received the “Gerd Müller Trophy” for the best goalscorer. However, Garcia emphasized that this was not a consolation prize: “We try to reinvent ourselves every year. This year, for example, there is the prize for the best women’s club of the season.”
Garcia also did not want to allow a comparison between the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s “The Best” award: The Golden Ball is “without a doubt” worth more, “because of its history, its prestige, the independence of its jurors and the trophy yourself. Unsurpassable.”
FC Bayern, News: Kimmich? Daum blames Tuchel
Christoph Daum has criticized Thomas Tuchel and blamed the FC Bayern coach for Joshua Kimmich’s recent fluctuations in form.
Specifically, this is about the debate about a “Holding Six” for the German record champions. Tuchel had spoken publicly several times in the past about the need to sign a defensive-minded six.
“When I have discussions like this about reinforcements in public, my players talk to each other. Put yourself in the situation of Leon Goretzka, Konrad Laimer or Joshua Kimmich – of course they also discuss among themselves. That unsettles the entire team,” said Daum on the talk show Sky90.
Kimmich made a hair-raising mistake in Bayern’s 8-0 win against SV Darmstadt 98 on Saturday, as a result of which the 28-year-old was sent off with a red card in the fourth minute.
“I think this way of demanding transfers is counterproductive for the entire team, not just for Kimmich,” emphasized Daum: “What we are seeing at the moment is more of an uncertainty than a consistent implementation of guidelines.”
The club must “speak with one voice” to the outside world, the 70-year-old continued: “It’s not good to appear like that to the board. You discuss it internally and then someone goes outside.”
FC Bayern, News: Cup game in Saarbrücken is threatened with cancellation
On Wednesday (8:45 p.m.) FC Bayern will play third division team 1. FC Saarbrücken in the second round of the DFB Cup. The only question is whether the game can even take place?
The pitch in the Ludwigsparkstadion is currently unplayable after heavy rain. On Sunday, the match between Saarbrücken and Dynamo Dresden had to be canceled at halftime.
“It doesn’t have much to do with football, it’s not even a football game anymore. As soon as you have to control the ball, you can actually forget about it,” said Saarbrücken coach Rüdiger Ziehl on Sunday.
As a Saarland spokesman told the SID, a field commission inspected the lawn early on Monday morning. Possible measures to improve the miserable pitch conditions are currently being discussed, and a decision on whether to host the game could be made in the early afternoon.
According to a report in Bild, there is no alternative option. The reason: Cup games are already taking place on Tuesday in Homburg, 35 kilometers away (FC 08 Homburg against Greuther Fürth) and in Kaiserslautern, 70 kilometers away (1. FC Kaiserslautern against 1. FC Köln).
It is currently completely unclear whether the German record champions’ game can take place in Saarbrücken or has to be postponed. However, the weather report only offers limited hope. There will be at least a few rains in Saarbrücken on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
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