Summary: Bayer Leverkusen - Bayern Munich 1:2 (Sport1)
Without any prior warning, Bayern Munich stunned the football world last night (Thursday) when, according to reports, they decided to fire Julian Nagelsmann after less than two years on the job.
An official announcement about the end of the 35-year-old coach's journey is expected to come out today, when Thomas Tuchel has already concluded his terms and will replace him in Bavaria.
Bayern did win all their games this season in the Champions League, but what made the difference for the management is the shuffling in the league.
The champion lost 10 points only in 2023, and next Saturday will come to the game of the season against Dortmund trailing by a point.
According to the reports in Germany, the management considered Nagelsmann to be to blame for the situation in the league and decided that the break was the right time to replace him.
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The timing surprised him too.
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Nagelsmann, who will arrive at the training complex today to complete the departure, was completely surprised when the decision caught him while he was on a skiing holiday in Austria.
By the way, one of the most dramatic events in Bayern's season - the injury that ended Manuel Neuer's season - also happened while the goalkeeper was on a skiing holiday in Germany's neighboring country.
"Bayern feels that it can win both the Bundesliga and the Champions League, so it felt that it was the perfect time to make a change because they needed something else," claimed Fabrizio Romano, "There were serious problems between Nagelsmann and the management and some players no longer trusted his method."
The players were also completely surprised by the news they found out only yesterday, when Joao Cancelo was informed about it live in an interview after the Portugal team's 0:4 win over Liechtenstein.
In a conversation with the media in his country, where you could see the surprise on his face, the defender said: "I just found out, I probably won't find Nagelsmann when I return to Munich, so I want to thank him. Thomas Tuchel made me lose the Champions League final (Chelsea vs. Munch Star City in 2021), so I hope that this year I will win with him."
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As mentioned, Tuchel is expected to be appointed soon and it is estimated that on Monday he will conduct the first training and begin preparations for his debut - a season match against former Dortmund.
Bayern did not have many candidates on the list, and therefore wanted to hurry with Tuchel for fear that he would disappear from the market soon.
The coach was on Bayern Munich's radar for several years, and he immediately agreed to the offer even though there were two other options on the horizon - Real Madrid and Tottenham.
The Blancos may say goodbye to Carlo Ancelotti if he doesn't win the Champions League and Tottenham are expected to appoint a new coach to replace Antonio Conte.
At Bayern, they appreciate Tuchel's poise on the field, but also his dealings with the media outside of it.
They are convinced that he is the perfect figure for the role and when they sensed that the treble was in danger, they acted quickly to close with him before it was too late.