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Matthäus hits back at Tuchel over criticism

By Rune Gjerulff   @runegjerulff

Lothar Matthäus has responded to Thomas Tuchel's angry rant after Bayern's 4-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.
Lothar Matthäus.
Lothar Matthäus.Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0
Lothar Matthäus has responded to Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel's rant against him and Dietmar Hamann after Saturday's Der Klassiker in Dortmund.

Tuchel let off steam in a post-match interview, making it clear that he has had enough of the criticism from the two former Germany internationals.

But while Matthäus is understanding of the pressure Tuchel is under, he said he believes he's entitled to criticize in his job as a pundit.

"Tuchel is naturally under pressure and disappointed with last Wednesday's result (the DFB-Pokal defeat against Saarbrücken). I haven't seen any significant steps taken better or differently in the last seven months - and that's what I said," Matthäus told Sport1.

"Against Galatasaray, the team "was only defending for 70 minutes. That's not Bayern Munich - and I think as an expert I have the right to say something like that.

"If that didn't go down well with Thomas Tuchel, then it's up to him how he deals with it. I've been criticized a lot in the past, both as a player and as a coach. I had to swallow it and try to do better in the next game.

"The team showed something on the pitch in Dortmund, a reaction - and for us as former players who are also involved with the club on the inside, it was the right reaction. They will now be judged on that," Matthäus said.

Bayern's next game is on Wednesday against Galatasaray in the Champions League.

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