Tuchel bemoans 'slapstick' Bayern performance

AFP , Thursday 15 Feb 2024

Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel described his side's performance as "slapstick" in the 1-0 defeat to Lazio on Wednesday that leaves them with a tough task to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Bayern Munich's German head coach Thomas Tuchel looks on during the UEFA Champions League last 16 first leg between Lazio and Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium on February 14, 2024, in Rome. Photo: AFP


Ciro Immobile's penalty proved the difference in the first leg of the last 16 tie in Rome.

"In the first half, we had to take the lead. We had three clear chances. We have to do these things," Tuchel told DAZN.

The second half was "characterised by uncertainty again", he said. "It was a bit slapstick."

Bayern were hamstrung by the dismissal of Dayot Upamecano, who was shown a red card for crashing into Gustav Isaksen in the penalty area.

Immobile stepped up to score the resulting spot-kick.

"We made a lot of individual mistakes and we conceded a penalty and red card from out of absolutely nothing," Tuchel said in the post-match press conference.

"With the performance we did everything to lose this game, which was completely in our hands."

The defeat in Rome follows the 3-0 reverse against Bayer Leverkusen which leaves Bayern five points off the pace in the Bundesliga title race.

But asked if he feared for his job, Tuchel said simply: "No"

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