Tuchel: “Strange penalty for Lazio. Worried about the future? No”


Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel believes his team ‘started well but then we gave away the game unusually’ in their 1-0 defeat to Lazio. A penalty from Ciro Immobile was enough to decide the first-leg, but Tuchel says it was a ‘strange’ decision and isn’t worried ahead of the second leg in Munich:

“In the first half, we played well, we also had several chances. In the second half, instead, we lost the brilliance and concentration, I don’t know why,” said Tuchel.

The Bayern Munich coach then continued: “We did everything to lose this match, it was in our hands. At a certain point, we stopped believing. There were many individual errors. Am I worried about my future? No.”

Tuchel also spoke to Sky Sport: “Angry, worried, or frustrated? A bit of everything. I believe that in the first half, we were totally in control, we had some half chances, we saw good passes near the goal. We started well but then we gave away the game unusually: we made big individual mistakes in our midfield and gave confidence to Lazio, confidence that they could score a goal against us. Then there was that strange penalty, and also the red card that conditioned the match.”

The Bayern coach added: “Looking at the return leg, not much changes given the disadvantage and the new rule about away goals, the small concern is that I don’t understand this loss of rhythm and quality between the first and second half. It’s difficult to argue after losing two matches, we lack conviction. After a series of positive results, we have lost twice, and we need to bounce back. We are struggling a bit, today we were punished even without conceding much. We need to get back on track.”


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