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Bayern Munich are reportedly increasingly likely to sack Thomas Tuchel and are considering Xabi Alonso as his replacement.
Bayern coach Tuchel has come under fire from the German giants as they fell five points behind Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga title race and lost 1-0 to Lazio in the first leg of the Champions League.
Alonso has done an excellent job at Bayer Leverkusen, guiding them to first place in the German league, and is strongly rumored to be a possible successor to Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
But The times They report that Bayern will join the race for Alonso’s services as Tuchel’s time at the club looks increasingly threatened in the summer following the club’s problems this season.
They were eliminated early in the German Cup and face it in the Bundesliga and Champions League competitions.
Bayern Munich would be interested in hiring Xabi Alonso from Bayer Leverkusen as coach
It looks increasingly likely that Bayern Munich will sack coach Thomas Tuchel in the summer
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If the club were to finish the season without a trophy, Tuchel’s first full campaign as Bayern manager would be considered a failure by the club’s notoriously high standards.
Tuchel sent a damning message to his Bayern Munich players in an ‘explosive statement in the locker room’ after falling victim to Bayer Leverkusen.
Alonso’s services are highly sought after, with Liverpool also looking for a new manager when Klopp leaves Anfield at the end of the season after nine years.
He sky bet The Fan View poll, carried out by YouGov, found that 63 per cent of Liverpool fans asked want Bayer Leverkusen manager Alonso to be the club’s next manager.
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard came second among fans, but well behind with 18 per cent.
Alonso, 42, knows the club well, having been at Anfield from 2004 to 2009, but he was also a Bayern Munich player between 2014 and 2017, which could make things even more complicated.
Leverkusen defeated Bayern Munich 3-0 last Saturday to move five points clear and have league games against Heidenheim and Mainz before the end of February.
Alonso’s Leverkusen claimed a 3-0 victory over Bundesliga title rivals Bayern on Saturday.
Alonso was widely rumored to be Jurgen Klopp’s replacement at Liverpool when he left.
Tuchel’s Bayern will look to overcome the disappointment of defeat to Lazio in league games against VfL Bochum and RB Leipzig in the coming weeks.
Liverpool are currently two points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League and will play Brentford on Saturday and Luton Town next Wednesday before facing Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on February 25.