Bundesliga: Bayern after Tapalovic-Aus: “No decision against Neuer”


Bundesliga
Bayern after Tapalovic-Aus: “No decision against Neuer”

Manuel Neuer from FC Bayern Munich (r) comes out of the players' tunnel with goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic.  Photo: Matthias Balk/dpa

Manuel Neuer from FC Bayern Munich (r) comes out of the players’ tunnel with goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic. photo

© Matthias Balk/dpa

The end of goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic keeps FC Bayern busy with the 1-1 draw against 1. FC Köln. Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic leaves the succession plan open.

Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann and Munich’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic have assured that the separation of the goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic should not have any influence on the further cooperation with the national soccer goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who will be injured for months.

“This is not a decision against Manuel Neuer – that’s important,” said Nagelsmann after the Bundesliga leaders’ 1-1 draw against 1. FC Köln. “It has nothing to do with Manuel at all, it has to do with the fact that we wanted to reorient ourselves in this position.” , also assured Salihamidzic FC Bayern had ended the successful cooperation with the new confidant Tapalovic because of differences in the Munich coaching team before the Cologne game.

Head coach Nagelsmann spoke of “not a nice decision for everyone”. Ex-goalkeeper Tom Starke currently has the Tapalovic job with the Bavaria-taken over by professionals.

Neuer is sad to say goodbye to Tapalovic

For the 36-year-old Neuer, who will be out at least until the end of the season after a broken leg, it is sad that “a long-time companion and coach is no longer there,” remarked Nagelsmann. Neuer is the captain, will be able to perform outstandingly again after his recovery and will remain an important contact person for him as a coach.

Salihamidzic has already discussed the changed situation with Neuer, as he said after the Cologne game. “Something like that is never nice, but we decided it that way,” he said about the separation from Tapalovic.

The new Bayern goalkeeper Yann Sommer was cautious about the development of Tapalovic. That was “an internal club decision,” said the Swiss national goalkeeper, who Bayern had signed as a replacement from Borussia Mönchengladbach after Neuer’s long-term absence. He only experienced Tapalovic for four days and in two training sessions.

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