The Bundesliga season is coming to a close this week, prompting lots of talks between German club managers and their higher ups regarding the futures of the former. According to BBC.com, Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel is set to have talks about his future at the conclusion of the season. As this season’s conclusion rapidly approaches, it’s safe to question whether or not Mr. Tuchel will be coaching at Borussia Dortmund next season.
One reason to believe that Tuchel may be on his way out of the Westfalenstadion is the fact that his relationship with Dortmund’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke may not be in great shape. Per BBC.com, Tuchel claimed that neither he nor his players were consulted about whether or not they should compete in that Champions League home match against Monaco just one day after the three explosions that took place in the area of Dortmund’s team bus. Watzke denied that Tuchel’s claim was accurate and the chief executive was annoyed by Tuchel’s claim, per BBC.com.
Despite a possibly muddy relationship with Watzke, Tuchel has not done a bad job managing the Black and Yellows since taking over for Jurgen Klopp. According to transfermarkt.com, in 105 games, Tuchel has managed Borussia Dortmund to 67 wins, 20 draws, and 18 losses. That’s a pretty good-looking record, even for such a high caliber team as Borussia Dortmund.
Even though Dortmund was knocked out of the Champions League this year earlier than they had hoped, Tuchel has lead the Black and Yellows to a German Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt that will take place later this month. Obviously league position doesn’t indicate whether or not a team will win, but Eintracht Frankfurt currently sits eight positions behind Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. Hopefully Dortmund can handle the eleventh-placed Eagles. A German Cup for Borussia Dortmund may very well keep Thomas Tuchel at the Signal Iduna Park.
Even with Tuchel’s terrific record and a potential German Cup trophy coming to Dortmund, there remains the problem of Borussia Dortmund’s away form. According to Stefan Buczko of espnfc.com, Dortmund has dropped points on the road 12 times this season, and now the Black and Yellows must win on the final match day of the season in order to ensure a third-place finish. Had some of those dropped points been wins, perhaps Borussia Dortmund would find itself in a much more secure situation at the finale of the season.
In just two seasons, Thomas Tuchel has done a fairly excellent job keeping Dortmund among the better teams of Europe. Despite Dortmund’s Champions League mishap, the Black and Yellows’ poor away form, and Tuchel’s apparent false claim regarding the rescheduled match day following the explosions that rocked Dortmund’s team bus, Thomas Tuchel has nonetheless been an adequate replacement for Jurgen Klopp. Tuchel has done a good enough job to keep his post as Borussia Dortmund’s manager.