Germany’s “Sky Sports” reported on the 29th (Korea time) that “Diddy Harman sharply criticized Thomas Tuchel and claimed it was the ‘biggest mistake since Jurgen Klinsmann.”
Tuchel, who took the helm of Bayern Munich in March 2023, has been under a lot of criticism. Not only has he been giving up the top spot to Leverkusen throughout the season, but he has also shown poor performance in matches. He has also been criticized for poor appointment of key players including Yozua Kimihi, Leon Goretzka, and Matthijs the Licht.
Public opinion toward Tuchel deteriorated significantly in the match against Werder Bremen on the 21st. It was defeated 0-1 at home, because it was the first time Munich lost at home against Bremen since September 21, 2008.
At the time, Munich lost 2-5. Munich started off with two strikers, Luca Toni and Lucas Podolski, and hired Philippe Lam, Mark van Bommel, Ze Roberto, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Christian Rel to play for the midfield. Lucio, Demichelis and Daniel van Buiten stood for the defense. Michael Renzing left the goal. It was Jurgen Klinsmann, the current coach of the Korean national team, who led them.
Back then, Bremen’s lineup was not easy. Markus Rosenberg-Cliudio Pizarro was in charge of the match, and DiGou, Mesut Ozil, Frank Bauman and Yurika Branes were in charge of the team’s midfield.
This season, Klinsmann did not finish the season with Munich. In the 2008-2009 UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, he was completely defeated 0-4 away to FC Barcelona. At the same time, he was dismissed in late April after less than a year of taking office, as he never became the leader in the league.
Harman sharply criticized Tuchel for visiting the Red Stars, a fan club in Munich. He stressed that Tuchel’s interest should be solely in Munich.
After a recent visit to the Red Stars, Tuchel praised La Liga, saying, “The overseas activities will be attractive to me again,” adding, “Spain has an outstanding league.”
In response, Harman pointed out, “Tuchel is a very smart person, and such words do not come out of his mouth without any meaning.” With FC Barcelona coach Chavi Hernandez recently announcing his resignation after the end of the season, he thought such remarks were not appropriate.
“It wasn’t a good idea. If he wants to go to Barcelona and he’s sure he won’t be the coach of Munich next year, we’ve got to wait and see what happens now,” Harman said.
“It is the biggest fault since Jürgen Klinsmann. Munich and Tuchel do not match, and Tuchel knows this,” he said, comparing the failed coach to Tuchel.
Harman said, “We have to take a look when Tuchel arrives in Munich. At the time, Munich was 10 points behind. After his arrival, he was eliminated from DFB-Pokal and also dropped from the UEFA Champions League. He barely won the league.”
“If you look at the past three home games, we played below Munich’s standards. We don’t have enough performance against the bottom three teams,” he said.
“I think Tuchel doesn’t care anymore. He has been with Kimihi and Goretzka for the past few weeks and months and complained that there is no player to play No. 6. Those players have played in 50 to 60 international competitions in that position alone. He has publicly broken down his players,” he criticized.
“No one at the club said this. They let him do what he wanted for too long. If you see them kicking the ball now, they will be eliminated from the Champions League against SS Lazio,” he added.