Bayern focused only on Bundesliga, delay board meeting

Bayern focused only on Bundesliga, delay board meeting

Bayern Munich delayed a much-anticipated board meeting until after the season to avoid distractions as they try to salvage a dismal season by retaining their Bundesliga title.

After Thomas Tuchel replaced Julian Nagelsmann in late March, the Bavarians were in contention for three titles but now only a league title.

Bayern lost to Manchester City in the Champions League last eight after losing the German Cup to Freiburg at home.

They briefly lost the Bundesliga lead to Borussia Dortmund before regaining it last week with a win against Hertha Berlin as Dortmund drew at VfL Bochum. Bayern leads Dortmund by one.

Bayern said this week that it will postpone a May 22 board meeting until after the season, with four games left including a trip to 12th-placed Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Club officials were scheduled to examine the team’s recent struggles and recent moves by embattled club CEO Oliver Kahn and sports director Hasan Salihamidzic, including Nagelsmann’s firing, which many supporters criticized.

“The Bayern Munich board has set a new date of May 30 for its scheduled second quarter board meeting,” it said.

“It was rescheduled until after the season finale against Cologne (on May 27) so the club can focus on the sporting aspect in the decisive stretch of the championship.”

Under Tuchel, Bayern Munich has won only one of its last three league matches.

This week, keeper Manuel Neuer increased his recovery training after a December leg break and sounded confident about their title chances.

“The title is now again in our own hands,” Neuer remarked on the club website. “I know we will win.”

Bayern wants an 11th straight league title.

Dortmund host VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday, while third-placed Union Berlin travels to Augsburg.

Freiburg, fourth with 56 points, hosts fifth-placed Leipzig, 54, in the Champions League race.

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