Michael Ballack: Thomas Tuchel is ready to take a big job like Arsenal or Chelsea
After Thomas Tuchel was heavily linked with Arsenal this week, Betfair Ambassador Michael Ballack tells us the former Borussia Dortmund manager is more than capable of taking on the role, or indeed replacing Antonio Conte at Chelsea...
One thing I am sure of is that Thomas Tuchel is ready and able to manage a top club. Whether is it Arsenal, Paris or even at Chelsea, it does not matter. He is ready. Chelsea's participation in the Champions League next season will have a big impact on Tuchel's next role.
With Bayern v Dortmund not offering the title-deciding drama of previous years, I am really looking forward to Chelsea's game with Spurs on Sunday.
The Blues really need a win to boost their top four hopes this season, a draw will not be enough for them. Chelsea have had their own problems with consistency this season but have proven all season that, on their day, they can beat anyone.
The first leg against Barcelona that they know how to devise and execute a gameplan, as they came very close to beating them. It is the same against Spurs. If they can get the gameplan and performance right, they can get all three points and be back in the running for a top four place and Champions League football next season.
Bayern need to pick next boss carefully
There is one question on everyone's mind at the moment: Who will be Bayern manager next season? There are key questions and contenders to consider. Are Nico Kovac or Ralph Hasenhüttl ready to cope with the task of managing a team like Bayern?
The most important thing for me is that the club takes their strict footballing philosophy into account and picks a manager that suits it. At this stage of their career and development, the Bayern job might be coming a bit too early for the current Frankfurt and Leipzig managers. But if the club believes that one of them is the right fit for the club's philosophy, then it can be a move that suits everyone.
There is one more important consideration in all this. Jupp Heynckes still hasn't confirmed that he will definitely be leaving the club at the end of the season, so there may not be a vacancy at all. It is an exciting time for Bayern.
Title race over but Bayern v Dortmund should be a Saturday evening cracker
It is the kind of match that you wait for excitedly all season. Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund (Saturday, 17:30). It is one of the highlights of the Bundesliga. We should be seeing the best players out on the pitch, playing at the absolute peak of their abilities as they battle it out for the Bundesliga title.
Unfortunately, those days are over for now. Before the meeting of two of the best teams in Germany, the title race is all but over. Dortmund have been up and down this season, struggling to find lasting consistency. Bayern have one hand on the Bundesliga trophy already and might even rest some key players for their Champions League meeting with Sevilla next week, which would be a pity in such a high profile Bundesliga game.
Regardless of this, I hope we will see a top class match between two excellent teams. This is a match that will be broadcast around the world, it can really boost the reputation of the Bundesliga with an entertaining, competitive contest.