It's a controversial idea, but Thomas Tuchel has spoken in support of the possibility of having playoffs decide the champion of the Bundesliga.
Replacing the current structure with playoffs is radical, but many are tired of the dominance that Bayern Munich have had over the Bundesliga. Tuchel, and Bayer Leverkusen CEO Wolfgang Holzhauser seem to be among those who are sick of FCB winning every year.
Goal.com has the relevant quotes.
Asked for his opinion on the idea, Tuchel said: "Why not? It would give the runners-up, third and fourth the chance to be champion.
"I do not think playoffs are far-fetched. I am basically very open to rule changes."
Bayer Leverkusen chief executive Wolfgang Holzhauser told Kicker on Monday that championship playoffs were "more relevant than ever."
Dortmund last won the Bundesliga in 2012, but since then Bayern Munich have won four league titles in a row. Much of the world views parity as the strong suit of the English Premier League, not of the Bundesliga.
And obviously there is frustration from clubs who can come close to the title, but can’t overcome the dominance of Munich and actually win it. Dortmund, Leverkusen, Monchengladbach, and others come to mind immediately.
Make no mistake, if playoffs are pursued there will be plenty of resistance in Germany. Many view playoffs as an Americanization of a sport that is unnecessary as cup competitions already take on the playoff structure. Plus with UEFA already attempting to make controversial changes to European competitions, fans across Europe will already be tired of change.
It’s unclear just how far-fetched this idea is. Tuchel insists it isn’t, but who knows if it is even something that is really being seriously discussed. Bayern certainly would not be in favor of it.
How would you feel about playoffs to decided the Bundesliga champion? Sound off in the comments.
UPDATE: It appears Tuchel’s words were taken out of context a bit. He was surprised with the question and backtracked a bit after his initial statement. Take that as you will.