Tuesday, December 12, 2023

From 77 million to 38 minutes of play

Bayern Munich has had a very serious start to the season. With four wins and a draw between the Bundesliga and the Champions League, Thomas Tuchel’s team, beyond the painful defeat in the German Super Cup against RB Leipzig, only faces resistance from Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen. With four goals conceded in the Bundesliga (only Eintracht beats them), it seems difficult for Tuchel to change his pair of central defenders. And that has a victim: Matthijs De Ligt.

The Dutchman came to FC Bayern Munich from Juventus Turin in the summer of 2022 for 77 million. Last season he was a regular for Bayern, playing a total of 38 games between the Bundesliga and Champions League, scoring three goals and providing one assist. However, This season his situation has changed following the signing of Kim Min-Jae from Napoli.

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The Dutchman left the Allianz Arena without a word after Bayern’s win against Manchester United, which was unusual for De Ligt. Tuchel played down the matter and explained: “Matthijs deserves to play 100 percent. He’s in shape. Of course he doesn’t get enough playing time personally, but he’s a team player.”

“I don’t understand”

However, De Ligt wanted to “add more fuel to the fire”. In statements collected by Mundo Deportivo, the Dutchman claimed he did not know why he was substituted. “I have no idea. You should ask the coach. I do everything he tells me, even playing in midfield and only playing for ten minutes. I do not get it.”

I do everything (Tuchel) tells me, even playing in midfield, and only for ten minutes. I don’t understand

De Ligt, FC Bayern Munich player

Star status on FC Bayern’s salary scale

De Ligt’s situation is a priority for Bayern. We must not forget that the Munich team made a bet on the future with him and gave him a salary of 16 million euros per season and a contract until 2027. And The bottom line is that there was no drop in performance in his game, but rather an increase in Upamecano’s performance and the signing of Kim Min-Jae.

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