FC Bayern Munich: Assistant coach instead of captain: Thomas Tuchel reinvents Thomas Müller

The low blow was followed by a declaration of love: Thomas Tuchel put captain Thomas Müller on the bench before the FC Bayern game against Manchester City.

FC Bayern Munich: Assistant coach instead of captain: Thomas Tuchel reinvents Thomas Müller

The low blow was followed by a declaration of love: Thomas Tuchel put captain Thomas Müller on the bench before the FC Bayern game against Manchester City. "I love Thomas, but we don't expect a typical Thomas Müller game," explained coach Thomas Tuchel before kick-off on the streaming service Amazon Prime Video. It was a tough decision, admitted Tuchel and reported on a short conversation with Müller. "Thomas is smart, he knows exactly what to expect. It's no problem."

In fact, Tuchel was seen several times on the sidelines in conversation with Müller. There was nothing to suggest that Müller would somehow blame the new Bayern coach for his absence in the starting XI. Nor did Tuchel give the impression of being an unapproachable coach – a reputation that he still has in part.

When Thomas Müller came on for Serge Gnabry in the 80th minute. Bayern were already 0:3 behind. There was nothing Müller could do to change that – neither as an assistant coach nor as a player.

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