Thomas Tuchel: Bayern Sporting Director Speaks on Sacking German Ahead of Arsenal Game

Thomas Tuchel: Bayern Sporting Director Speaks on Sacking German Ahead of Arsenal Game

Rene Otinga
updated at April 8, 2024 at 8:22 AM
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  • Thomas Tuchel’s Bayern hit a new low after a shock defeat to Heidenheim
  • The former Chelsea boss was informed he would leave the club in May
  • Recent results, however, have led to rumours that he could get sacked earlier

Thomas Tuchel is set to remain a Bayern boss for the foreseeable future despite increased pressure on the German over recent results.

A second successive Bundesliga defeat on Saturday, April 6 saw the Bavarians fall 16 points behind runaway leaders Bayer Leverkusen, who are now one win away from a maiden Bundesliga title.

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Thomas Tuchel during the game agaisnt 1. FC Heidenheim 1846 at Voith-Arena on April 06, 2024 in Heidenheim, Germany. Photo by Alexander Hassenstein.
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Their only grip on second place at the moment is the fact that they have a superior goal difference to third-placed Stuttgart.

With the Bundesliga title race all but finished, Tuchel’s only hope of salvaging something this season is in the Champions League, with Arsenal standing between the German club and a semi-final spot.

Ahead of the quarter-final first leg encounter on Tuesday, April 9, there was a feeling Tuchel could lose his job earlier than the expected date at the end of the season.

Will Tuchel get sacked?

However, Bayern’s sporting director Max Eberl, appeared to rule out the prospect of sacking the former Chelsea boss with a blunt response following the team's defeat to the newly promoted Heidenheim.

“No, I didn't have that thought. It's not always just a coaching problem," Eberl said, as quoted by Express Sport.

Eberl maintained that his focus was solely on the Arsenal game but failed to exude confidence that Bayern could pull off a positive result in the quarter-finals.

He added: "We'll face a team that with all respect to Heidenheim, is a class above them. We have to make a proper turnaround so that we don't get a slap to the face."

Bayern faces an Arsenal side that is beaming with confidence. The Gunners are on an impressive 13-game unbeaten run that has helped them sit top of the table with seven games of the season to go.

Mikel Arteta’s side’s latest 3-0 win over Brighton over the weekend reaffirmed their status as favourites for the Tuesday clash.

The Last Arsenal side to face Bayern

Sports Brief also reported on the last Arsenal team to face Bayern in the Champions League.

This all happened seven years ago, in 2017, when Bayern was a force to reckon with while Arsenal were still finding their footing under Arsene Wenger.

That year, the Gunners famously lost 10-2 on aggregate to the German giants.

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