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Updated January 22nd, 2024 at 09:56 IST

Bayern Munich loses 1-0 to Werder Bremen to slip off the pace in the Bundesliga title race

After Bayern Munich's chances of overtaking Bundesliga leader Bayer Leverkusen were severely damaged by a 1-0 loss to Werder Bremen at home on Sunday, coach Thomas Tuchel was left to doubt his team's mentality.

Reported by: Associated Press Television News
Thomas Tuchel
Bayern head coach Thomas Tuchel talks to Konrad Laimer, Kingsley Coman & Thomas Mueller during the Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen at the Allianz Arena | Image: AP
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Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel was left questioning his team's attitude after a 1-0 loss at home to Werder Bremen on Sunday dented its chances of catching Bundesliga leader Bayer Leverkusen.

Former Bayern player Mitchell Weiser scored the only goal as Bremen earned its first win over Bayern since 2008 to leave the defending champions seven points off Leverkusen.

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Speaking to broadcaster DAZN, Tuchel accused his team of playing for most of the game “as if we had a 10-point lead and a Champions League game coming up on Tuesday,” pointed criticism of a team which has won the German league 11 years running.

Tuchel reeled off a list of problems with Bayern's game, from a lack of movement to allowing a “crazy” number of counterattacks, and suggested his team had only realized the seriousness of the situation in the last 20 minutes.

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“A deserved loss because 20 minutes just aren't enough," he said.

Bremen repeatedly tested Bayern on the counter in the first half — and had a goal for Justin Njinmah ruled out for an earlier foul — while Bayern made little progress getting through the compact Bremen defense.

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Weiser — who previously played for both Leverkusen and Bayern — gave Bremen the lead in the 59th minute with a moment of individual skill as he beat left back Alphonso Davies out wide, cut inside and blasted a shot past Manuel Neuer in the Bayern goal.

Bayern had the Bremen goal under siege after that and came close to scoring with Mathys Tel's header that bounced off goalkeeper Michael Zetterer, against the post, back onto Zetterer and into the post again before Bremen could clear.

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Tel dragged another shot just wide of the far post in the final seconds of stoppage time.

While Bayern trails Leverkusen, which beat Leipzig 3-2 on Saturday, it has one extra game to play against struggling Union Berlin on Wednesday. That was rescheduled from last month because of snow.

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It was Bayern's first loss since a shock 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on Dec. 9, and Bremen's first win since beating Augsburg the same day.

Bayern was playing for the first time in nine days, a spell of rest Tuchel's team had used for a midseason training camp in Portugal, before attending Friday's memorial service for Franz Beckenbauer.

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Harry Kane failed to add to his 22 goals in the Bundesliga so far this season. It was only his fourth league game of the season without a goal since joining Bayern.

Borussia Moenchengladbach plays Augsburg later Sunday.

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Published January 22nd, 2024 at 09:56 IST

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