Thomas Tuchel ‘cannot afford to lose his next game’ at Bayern Munich… with his job hanging by a thread after consecutive defeats by Bayer Leverkusen and Lazio

  • Bayern Munich have lost their last two matches against Leverkusen and Lazio
  • Thomas Tuchel cannot afford to lose his next game if he wants to avoid the sack
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Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel is reportedly entering last chance saloon territory following a disastrous week for the club.

The German giants were beaten 3-0 by Bayer Leverkusen to fall five points behind their title rivals at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday, and they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Lazio on Wednesday in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.

With Bayern’s season threatening to fall apart, the pressure is ramping up on Tuchel, but Sky Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg has reported that the 50-year-old is not set to be sacked yet.

However, he has revealed that this could change if Bayern lose away at VfL Bochum this weekend, while he has also cited the team’s following two league games as ‘crucial’ before they play their return leg against Lazio on March 5.

Hansi Flick – who led Bayern to a Treble in 2019-20 – has been linked with a return to the club.

Thomas Tuchel’s job at Bayern Munich is reportedly hanging by a thread

Bayern have lost twice this week and their season is threatening to unravel

Bayern have lost twice this week and their season is threatening to unravel

However, Plettenberg has denied that Flick going back to Bayern has been seriously discussed at the club.

Wednesday’s loss in Rome was a miserable evening for Tuchel and his side as they failed to register a single shot on target and had defender Dayot Upamecano sent off in the second half.

Top scorer Harry Kane struggled again after hardly having a kick on the weekend against Leverkusen, and he was given the lowest rating possible for his performance by German newspaper Bild.

The England captain spoke to the media afterwards, as he admitted his team are going through a ‘difficult spell’ but urged them ‘to keep fighting’.

As things stand, Tuchel will be given the opportunity to turn things around, but a change in results is needed for him to remain in his post.

Harry Kane has struggled in Bayern's last two games but urged his side to 'keep fighting'

Harry Kane has struggled in Bayern’s last two games but urged his side to ‘keep fighting’

He received the backing of Bayern CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen after Saturday’s humbling in Leverkusen, but some fans appear to have turned on the former Chelsea boss.

A sign at Bayern’s training ground was defaced on Sunday with a message reading ‘Tuchel out’, highlighting how he may be on borrowed time.  

Tuchel only replaced Julian Nagelsmann last March, but has already lost 10 of his 43 games in charge – the same number of defeats his predecessor suffered in 84 matches. 

With the prospect of a first trophyless season in over a decade now a real possibility, Bayern may be considering moving on from Tuchel, and his fate could be sealed if they slip up against 14th-placed Bochum on Sunday.