Soccer-Tuchel praises Bayern regardless of second cup exit in two weeks


MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel heaped reward on his staff regardless of their Champions League exit by the hands of Manchester Metropolis after a 1-1 draw of their quarter-final return leg in Germany on Wednesday dumped them out 4-1 on mixture.

Tuchel, who took over from sacked Julian Nagelsmann in late March, has now seen his staff crash out of two competitions in two weeks after they had been additionally knocked out of the German Cup by Freiburg within the final eight.

However the former Chelsea coach might discover just a few issues unsuitable with their efficiency over the 2 legs in opposition to Metropolis, who received 3-0 in Manchester final week.

“I’m very happy with each video games in opposition to Manchester Metropolis and with the best way we offered ourselves at the moment,” Tuchel informed reporters.

“We had been on par with what’s presently the very best staff in Europe. There was a distinction in self-confidence and type. For the few probabilities we conceded in each matches, we had been punished. I do not suppose the scoreline displays the tie.”

The Bavarians had a string of probabilities in a robust first half on Wednesday and will have scored with Leroy Sane and Jamal Musiala lacking alternatives.

However Metropolis’s high scorer Erling Haaland struck after the restart, seconds after Bayern had gone shut themselves, earlier than a late Joshua Kimmich penalty earned Bayern a draw. Haaland had additionally missed a penalty within the first half.

“We had sufficient probabilities. However with a view to beat the very best staff you want extra than simply 100%. You want additionally a little bit of luck, a deflection, a set piece and also you additionally need to make these golden probabilities you get.”

“I believe we had Metropolis on the hook once more, much more so than in Manchester. However, like final week, we by no means had that second of luck which it’s essential to flip this round.”

Bayern are nonetheless on track for a record-extending eleventh straight league title, with a two-point lead over Borussia Dortmund and 6 video games left within the season.

“You noticed at the moment that we will play on this stage. Sadly we will additionally play on a distinct stage and generally in a recreation the focus stage just isn’t stored up,” Tuchel mentioned. “We’ve got to cease these items.”

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Modifying by Toby Davis)