Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 10:33 am• Guy Habets • Last update: 11:04

Bayern Munich put the German title at stake on Saturday afternoon by losing 1-3 to RB Leipzig and that hit Hasan Salihamidzic hard. The former midfielder of the record master, who now sets out the technical lines at the club, does not blame trainer Thomas Tuchel. Salihamidzic was asked if he already regrets the decision to send Julian Nagelsmann away and appoint a new trainer, but that appears not to be the case.

Due to the defeat against Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund now has the win of the German national title in its own hands. If it wins a visit to FC Augsburg on Sunday and also settles with FSV Mainz 05 in its own stadium next week, the national championship will not go to Bavaria for the first time since 2012. Earlier, Bayern under Tuchel was also kicked out of the Champions League by Manchester City and the quarterfinals of the DFB-Pokal against SC Freiburg (1-2) was the final station. While Nagelsmann was fired due to disappointing results, those seem to have gotten even worse under Tuchel.

Salihamidzic, however, does not want to participate. Bayern’s technical man gets through Sky Sports Germany asked about his questionable decision to fire Nagelsmann and appoint Tuchel, but he still stands by it. “If we don’t win anything this season, you could say that the coach change has not yielded anything,” he begins. “But Thomas Tuchel did a really great job. We thought about it for a long time at the time and came to the conclusion that it had to be done. I would make the same choice now, and tomorrow too. It was necessary.”

Bayern will play a difficult away game at 1. FC Köln on the final day of the competition and must hope that Dortmund will drop points against Mainz this Sunday or next week. Those Boruses are now one point behind the arch-rival from Munich and a draw is not enough to take the lead. The goal difference is always well in favor of Bayern. The Bundesliga will remain exciting until the last minute anyway, because it is also not yet certain which clubs will enter the Champions League and how the other European tickets will be distributed. In addition, four more clubs can be relegated.


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