Tuchel open to Bundesliga play-off

Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel says he would be open to the Bundesliga implementing a play-off system to determine the league champions.

With FC Bayern München looking set to continue their dominance of the Bundesliga for another season, talk of having playoffs for the top four teams began to take off after former German Football League (DFL) president and Bayer Leverkusen chief executive Wolfgang Holzhauser on Monday said that playoffs were “more relevant than ever” and “many people are considering” a playoff system.”

FC Bayern München cruised to the title with a 10-point gap between them and second placed Dortmund, with Bayer 04 Leverkusen and VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach following in third and fourth respectively.

Bayern won with the same margin the year before, ahead of VfL Wolfsburg, and similarly in the 2013–14 and /2012–13 Bundesliga seasons, with Dortmund the last team pipping the German giants to the title in 2011.

Leverkusen chief executive Wolfgang Holzhauser had been leading the talks over the potential new system, with Tuchel now adding weight to the argument.

He told Goal: “Why not? It would give the runners-up, third and fourth the chance to be champion.

“I do not think play-offs are far-fetched. I am basically very open to rule changes.”