Bayern begins the new Champions League season on Wednesday. The initial opponent is Manchester United. However, the German record champions will have to make do without Thomas Tuchel. Because in April 2023, i.e. in the last Champions League season, the coach had received a yellow-red card in the quarter-finals against Manchester City.
In a hectic final stage of the second leg, French referee Clement Turpin first showed an angry Tuchel a yellow card (84th minute) and then immediately a yellow-red card (86th minute). “When the opponent kicked the ball I got a yellow-red for complaining,” Tuchel said at the time. He complained: “Two things cannot maintain the level of play. The condition of the grass and the venue did not give the necessary structure to the level. And unfortunately the referee was a grade six.”
Now the consequences of this dismissal will fall on Thomas Tuchel and Bayern, especially since the Munich head coach is not allowed to sit on the bench. Assistant coaches Anthony Barry, Arno Michels and Zsolt Lowe will be on the sidelines for him. Loew received a red card after the final whistle in Friday’s 2-2 draw against Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga. However, this has no impact on the “dominant class”. In the Bundesliga, unlike Low, Tuchel will be allowed back to the coaching bench against VfL Bochum on Saturday.