For many Bundesliga clubs, fan visits during training are part of everyday life. Not so at FC Bayern. Because coach Thomas Tuchel has not allowed fans into the grounds for weeks. A group of Austrian students also had to recognize this.
Even the day after the 3-1 win in the Bundesliga game at 1. FSV Mainz 05, there were many disappointed FCB supporters on Säbener Straße. It has now been eight weeks since fans were allowed onto the training ground and were able to watch the practice sessions.
Tuchel does not allow spectators at Bayern training
However, around 300 supporters had gathered and hoped to gain entry – including Bayern fans from Bremen, Potsdam and even a group of children from Austria. But coach Thomas Tuchel remained firm.
Starting at 11:30 a.m., the reservists trained for 75 minutes. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who is due to celebrate his comeback on Saturday against newly promoted SV Darmstadt 98, and Thomas Müller were also there. They were joined by Bouna Sarr, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Frans Krätzig, Daniel Peretz, Aleksandar Pavlovic and shooting star Mathys Tel. Serge Gnabry, who trained with a forearm splint after breaking his left ulna, also completed the unit.
However, the supporters at the training ground did not want to give up so quickly. Some fathers lifted their children on their shoulders to see over the advertising tarpaulins on the fence. But the coaching team noticed the supposed scouts and had the stewards intervene. However, it is also probably about the possible risk of falling. A father sued FC Bayern many years ago after an accident.
Bayern’s fan treatment does not match Hoeneß’ criticism of the DFB
The lockout of the fans at least does not fit with the statements of honorary president Uli Hoeneß, who harshly criticized the DFB for it. He said on RTL: “I think it’s complete nonsense why the national team can’t train once or twice a week in front of a full stadium. (…) The fan is the center of everyone’s interest and many, many mistakes have been made in the past.”
Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel was used to the fact that fans had no place on the training ground during his time in England. In the last week before the game at FSV Mainz 05, the privacy screen was even lowered so that quick glances over the fence were no longer possible. Some fans were hoping to see keeper Manuel Neuer’s comeback unit.