Tuchel having sleepless nights before Man City game
Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel admits he is having sleepless nights before his side’s Champions League meeting with Manchester City.
Tuchel returns to England for the first time since he was sacked by Chelsea in September when City host the quarter-final first leg on Tuesday (20:00 BST).
In 10 previous meetings, Tuchel has only beaten a side managed by Pep Guardiola on three occasions.
“I will try to go to bed early. I hope I will be able to sleep,” he said.
“The best preparation is sleep but sometimes it is hard to get that sleep when you’re thinking about things.
“This morning I woke up really early and I just decided to go to the training ground because I couldn’t get back to sleep. I just kept thinking about the match.”
Tuchel’s last win over Guardiola came in 2021, when Chelsea beat City in the Champions League final for the first of three trophies the German won in his 20 months at Stamford Bridge.
City went on to twice beat Chelsea in the Premier League before Tuchel’s departure, while they have not faced Bayern since November 2014 when, under Manuel Pellegrini, they beat the Bundesliga side 3-2 to reach the last 16.
Tuchel, who replaced the sacked Julian Nagelsmann at league leaders Bayern in March, says his side will need to be at the “top of our game” in order to beat City, who have won their past eight games in all competitions.
“I don’t think I can learn much from other games I’ve played against Pep,” he said.
“It’s unique what Pep does. We’ll try to find solutions but we’ll need a complete performance to create problems for City.”
He added: “It is a major task in front of us. I was just outside [at Etihad Stadium] and that is the current gold standard for us.