Status: 09.12.2023, 07:27 a.m.
By: Lina Krull
On Monday, Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel and ARD pundit Bastian Schweinsteiger met for a drink. Now it is clear what was behind it.
Munich – At the beginning of the week, a report by Bild made headlines: FCB coach Thomas Tuchel was spotted in Munich's Bar Montez together with ARD pundit Bastian Schweinsteiger. But after the disharmonious encounter with Didi Hamann and Lothar Matthäus, Tuchel is actually not so good to talk to TV pundits - he also rejected Matthäus' offer of a reconciliation beer. He revealed why he met with Schweini at the press conference ahead of the game against Eintracht Frankfurt.
|August 29, 1973 (age 50), Krumbach (Swabia)
|Career as a trainer:
|FC Augsburg, 1. FSV Mainz 05, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain, FC Chelsea, FC Bayern Munich
|FCB coach since:
Tuchel reports on meeting with Schweinsteiger
Tuchel revealed the reason for the meeting between the two in Munich's posh bar after a few minutes at the FCB press conference (read here). As a result, the coach of FC Bayern Munich and the 2014 World Cup winner "met by chance during the international break because we were in the same place abroad. We've actually been in loose contact for a long time," said the 50-year-old and continued: "Now the opportunity has arisen for a meeting, a dinner and a drink."
The coach also answered whether Schweinsteiger's function as a TV pundit on ARD would have played a role in the encounter: "It's just fun, but it's very friendly, it has nothing to do with his work as a TV pundit. He's the pundit for the DFB Cup, unfortunately we're no longer there," he clarified. What was immediately clear in his sentences was that he and Schweini have more in common than just football.
FCB coach Thomas Tuchel (right) and Bastian Schweinsteiger (left) have been in loose contact for several years. © IMAGO / Michael Weber; IMAGO / Philippe Ruiz
Tuchel on Bastian Schweinsteiger after meeting: "He's a rascal"
The contact came about during Tuchel's time at Bundesliga club 1. FSV Mainz 05, where he held the position of head coach from 2009 to 2014. "It was always nice to talk to Basti when I was still a coach at Mainz and he was a player at Bayern. Every time we played against each other, we had found five or ten minutes. It was always funny, because of course he's a rascal and has a good sense of humour," said the Swabian-born player at the press conference.
Tuchel is particularly fond of the former midfielder's positive nature, because "I appreciate Basti very much, always has, and his manner. He gives me the impression that he is very happy in his current life, very much at peace with himself. That's why it's a great pleasure to talk to him because it's just positive and he has an amazing experience." He also revealed a few secret details about the specific contents of Monday's meeting.
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That's what Tuchel and Schweinsteiger talked about
Tuchel made one thing clear, even if many FCB fans probably can't imagine it: The conversation with the 2014 World Cup winner was hardly about FC Bayern. "You talk about football, so there's very little about FC Bayern. It's about football in general, he has a wealth of experience," was Tuchel's summary after the evening's encounter.
In addition to the explanatory words about the contact with Schweini, the main focus of the press conference was on the upcoming Bundesliga match against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday (15:30 CEST). Thomas Tuchel also gave some hints about the possible line-up. (likr)
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