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Bayern Munich director Max Eberl has thrown in the towel ahead of the Champions League clash with Arsenal following domestic struggles

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In a fiery response to latest Bundesliga setback, Bayern Munich sporting director Max Eberl has expressed his disregard for the club’s ongoing search for a new manager. 

The German giants suffered a devastating 3-2 defeat to Heidenheim over the weekend, further diminishing their hopes of clinching the league title.

With a 16-point gap separating them from the runaway leaders Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich’s chances of reclaiming the Bundesliga crown have dwindled significantly. The defeat to Heidenheim, coming on the heels of a 2-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund, has only exacerbated their woes.

The club had already announced their decision to part ways with current manager Thomas Tuchel at the end of the season, adding to the sense of uncertainty surrounding the team’s future. However, Eberl, speaking candidly to ZDF, made it clear that his primary concern lies with the impending Champions League clash against Arsenal.

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“I don’t give a s*** about the search for a coach,” Eberl declared. “Now it’s all about the game on Tuesday. That’s already complicated enough… we’ll face a team that, with all due respect to Heidenheim, is a class above them in terms of the way they play football.”

Bayern waste two-goal lead to slump to 3-2 shock loss at Heidenheim |  Reuters

Bayern Munich wasted a two-goal lead to slump to 3-2 shock loss at Heidenheim (Image credit: Reuters)

Reflecting on the team’s recent performances, Eberl stressed the need for introspection among the players. “After Dortmund, we told the players that they should all take a moment to question themselves. And then, this is what comes out in the second half today,” he lamented.

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The defeat to Heidenheim marks a significant blow to Bayern Munich’s aspirations, particularly as they prepare to take on Arsenal in the Champions League quarter-final. Eberl acknowledged the gravity of the situation, expressing concern that his side could “get a slap to the face” if they fail to improve their performance.

“This is not the Bayern that I know,” Eberl remarked, underscoring the team’s uncharacteristic struggles. Despite establishing a 2-0 lead in the first half, Bayern Munich faltered as Heidenheim mounted a stunning comeback, ultimately securing a 3-2 victory.

Eberl’s tenure as sporting director, which began in February, has been marked by challenges and transitions within the club’s leadership structure. The loss to Heidenheim not only dealt a blow to Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga aspirations but also heightened the anticipation surrounding Bayer Leverkusen’s potential title-clinching moment in the coming weeks.

In contrast, Arsenal enters the Champions League fixture with momentum on their side, having maintained an impressive unbeaten run in the Premier League.

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