Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel has declared he is ‘confident’ at snatching away Chelsea’s assistant coach Anthony Barry as he eyes up a reunion in Germany.
Tuchel was confirmed as the next manager of the Bundesliga giants on Friday on a deal until 2025 after replacing sacked Julian Nagelsmann.
And he has wasted no time in publicly announcing he wishes to raid the Blues, who he took charge of for exactly 100 matches.
Despite guiding the west Londoners to Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup success, the 49-year-old was axed by Todd Boehly in September.
It is a decision that the American billionaire could regret with Chelsea languishing in tenth spot in the Premier League under the tutelage of Graham Potter, with the club now braced for an approach from Bayern for Barry.
Reports earlier in the week stated how Tuchel was keen to bring Barry, who he worked with at Stamford Bridge, to the Allianz Arena.
He has now confirmed the rumours, where he revealed it is his ‘wish’ to work alongside the Portugal assistant coach for a second time.
Speaking in press conference unveiling, Tuchel said trusted allies Zsolt Low and Arno Michels will be joining him in Bavaria, with set-piece specialist Barry his next target.
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Tuchel remarked: “My coaching staff wasn’t prepared either, so a big thank you to their families for their flexibility.
“Arno Michels and Zsolt Low, who have been working with me for over ten years, will be there.
“We’re hoping to add Anthony Barry, who is currently at Chelsea.”
On his pursuit of Barry, he added: “We’re fighting for that and we’re confident because it’s my absolute wish.”
It remains to be seen whether Barry would be willing to make the move to Germany, or if Chelsea would allow the 36-year-old to leave during the season.
Barry was brought to Chelsea in 2020 by then-manager Frank Lampard having been Paul Cook’s assistant at Wigan for three years.
He then made the move into coaching on the international stage where he briefly worked with Republic of Ireland’s backroom staff in 2021.
And he was part of Belgium’s coaching team at the World Cup in Qatar last year, before following Roberto Martinez to Portugal in January after the Spaniard’s appointment.
Tuchel could come up against Barry and Chelsea this campaign in a possible Champions League semi-final clash, providing Bayern and the Blues get past Manchester City and Real Madrid respectively.