Thomas Tuchel had changed his traditional costume back into training clothes. After a perfect Oktoberfest weekend that saw him take over the top of the table, the 50-year-old definitely wants to avoid FC Bayern's next cup hangover with new signing Daniel Peretz in goal.
“A classic cup constellation,” said Tuchel the day before the first round match against third division soccer team Preußen Münster. “We want to go to Berlin, we want to get to the final and to do that we have to win the games step by step,” said Tuchel two days after Harry Kane’s goal show
Peretz, who was signed by Maccabi Tel Aviv for five million euros in the summer, should not normally get much work on Tuesday (8.45 p.m./ZDF and Sky) in the Preußenstadion. The 23-year-old will always be the focus of his competitive debut. “This is important for him, important in an emergency, in my opinion it only has advantages,” said Tuchel. He gives Sven Ulreich a break.
Ulreich was in goal again against Leipzig
A change in goal in the cup is common practice abroad - and Peretz deserved the effort, said Tuchel. In the new edition of the Supercup duel on Saturday in the Bundesliga against cup winners RB Leipzig, Ulreich will again be in goal as a replacement for Manuel Neuer, who is still missing.
The Munich team's longing for the DFB Cup final has been unsatisfied for an unusually long time. After two embarrassing second-round defeats against Kiel and Mönchengladbach as well as last year's thrilling quarter-final exit with a penalty in stoppage time against Freiburg, Berlin's absence should definitely be ended this season. The Munich team was not represented in the final over a quarter of a century ago.
“The tension, the constellation is simply unique. There are countless examples in football that this starting position always holds surprises,” said Tuchel. When asked about the long-ago embarrassment of the first round exit in 1994 at TSV Vestenbergsgreuth, the Bayern coach smiled. "I sat in front of the TV and couldn't believe it. That was a while ago, I was still pretty young," said the 50-year-old.
Training without a Oktoberfest hangover
After visiting the Oktoberfest at the weekend, the Bayern stars completed their final training in Munich in the afternoon without a hangover. “With an eye,” says Thomas Müller, the professionals completed the beer tent event. It is clear that “no one is going overboard,” emphasized Tuchel.
After the changes in the 7-0 win against VfL Bochum, he could make changes again. Will Kane be allowed to take a breather and super joker Mathys Tel be allowed to start from the start? “It could also be that we don’t rotate that much,” said Tuchel. He doesn't want to give his team the signal that the game in Münster is less important or easier than others.
Tuchel left it open whether Jamal Musiala will be rested again after slight physical complaints in the first round game, which was postponed from August due to the Super Cup. New signing Raphael Guerreiro, signed by Borussia Dortmund, will be in the squad for the first time. He recently had to take a long break due to a torn muscle bundle. Central defender Matthijs de Ligt is missing due to minor knee problems.
Münster coach: “I don’t know if Tuchel will change six times”
Münster coach Sascha Hildmann is hoping for a sensation in the DFB Cup against FC Bayern even without any substitution errors from Bayern coach Tuchel. "I don't know if Thomas Tuchel changes six times, but of course there are always miracles. Everything is possible in football," said Hildmann with a smile. The 51-year-old was referring to his team's cup game against VfL Wolfsburg two years ago. Because the then Wolfsburg coach Mark van Bommel had changed six times, the game was counted for Preußen Münster.
Against the German record champions, Hildmann is not only demanding a committed defensive performance from his third division team. “I want us to be brave, to look for one-on-one situations when we steal the ball,” he said before the first round game. “We want to sell ourselves very, very dearly.”