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Bayern Munich Lose 3-1 To Stuttgart Ahead Of Real Madrid Fixture – Forbes

Harry Kane looks on disappointed after Bayern Munich lost 3-1 to VfB Stuttgart. (Photo by Tom … [+] Weller/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Ahead of the second leg against Real Madrid, Bayern Munich has lost the crucial curtain raiser to VfB Stuttgart 3-1. Leonidas Stergiou (29’), Woo-Yeong Jeong (83’), and Silas (93’) scored the goals for Stuttgart, with Harry Kane scoring from the spot to make it 1-1 in the 37th minute.
The result will impact the Bundesliga table, as Stuttgart is now within two points of Bayern. Bayern’s long-term goal of finishing third would be unacceptable. “We want to finish second,” Bayern captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said after the game.
In the short term, however, the Bayern squad will be more concerned about their fitness ahead of the Real Madrid game. Although Eric Dier, who suffered a cut in the first half, should be fine to play on Tuesday against Real Madrid, Raphaël Guerreiro now looks doubtful.
The Portuguese wing-back and midfielder suffered an ankle injury in the first half and left Stuttgart’s MHP Arena on crutches. “Will be difficult for him to play against Real Madrid,” Bayern director of sport Max Eberl said after the game in the mixed zone.
While the Guerreiro injury is bad news, there is some good news regarding other players. “He trained in Munich today and looked good to go,” Eberl said when asked about midfield maestro Jamal Musiala. The same is also true about Matthijs de Ligt. Meanwhile, Leroy Sané received a cameo in the second half and, although the winger had no impact on the result, looked fit.
However, the Guerreiro injury was enough for head coach Thomas Tuchel to criticize the squad’s construction. “You can do that when you have enough players,” Tuchel said when confronted with the fact that Real Madrid could rotate ten players in their LaLiga match against Cadiz.
Raphaël Guerreiro left the pitch with an injury on Saturday and is now doubtful for the game against … [+] Real Madrid next week. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Without a doubt the injury situation at the club was concerning Tuchel. “We had a meeting with the medical team before the game – they were like: ’60 minutes for that, 30 minutes for that, 60 minutes for that, this one can’t play at all,’” Tuchel said when trying to explain game management for his players. “Unfortunately, this has been the situation the whole season. This has, unfortunately, been the story of our season.”
You don’t have to read between the lines to suggest that this was a criticism aimed at the Bayern bosses. In his eyes, they hadn’t provided the head coach with a deep enough squad to succeed this season. The criticism also came one week after former president Uli Hoeneß criticized Tuchel for not developing players.
Reading between the lines has undoubtedly become a big part of what is going on at Bayern. Earlier this week, Bayern saw Ralf Rangnick turn down a move to replace Tuchel at the end of the season. Rangnick has become the third head coach after Xabi Alonso and Julian Nagelsmann to turn down a move to the Säbener Straße.
As a result, calls of perhaps continuing with Tuchel have grown louder over recent days. “It was a decision that was made before I started at the club,” Eberl said when asked whether he would like to continue with Tuchel. The statement came in response to Tuchel slightly opening the door on potentially remaining at the club earlier this week.
Eberl’s statement, however, was in steep contrast to the statement made by Bayern president Herbert Hainer. “The agreement stands,” Hainer said when asked whether Tuchel could stay. “I’m convinced that we will present a good coach. Now let’s wait and see what happens.”
Is the door for Tuchel to stay then slammed back shut? That question will remain and just like the injuries, will again provide Bayern with significant outside noise ahead of a crucial Champions League game. But as the past has shown, that might benefit a club best known as FC Hollywood.
Manuel Veth is the host of the Bundesliga Gegenpressing Podcast and the Area Manager USA at Transfermarkt. He has also been published in the Guardian, Newsweek, Howler, Pro Soccer USA, and several other outlets. Follow him on Twitter: @ManuelVeth and on Threads: @manuveth



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