Julian Nagelsmann, coach of Bayern Munich, is once again expressing his anger. This time towards the media and an unidentified mole within the team’s dressing room. German sports weekly, SportBild, has published intricate tactical drawings created by the coach. This has caused Nagelsmann to feel further frustration.
During a press conference on Friday before Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga match in Leverkusen, Nagelsmann openly expressed his frustration. He stated that he is continually irritated by the situation and often wonders about the motive of the individual leaking information. Nagelsmann questioned the purpose of the leak and the potential consequences of such actions.
It’s difficult to say whether the alleged mole within Bayern Munich’s dressing room was to blame for their loss against Leverkusen and subsequent loss of the Bundesliga’s top spot to Dortmund. While the leak of tactical drawings may have had an impact on the team’s preparation, there could have been several other factors that contributed to the loss.
How Nagelsmann succeeded in defeating PSG one-sidedly?
Paris Saint-Germain, despite their attacking prowess led by Neymar, Lionel Messi, and Kylian Mbappe, failed to score a single goal against Bayern Munich in both legs of their recent match-up. Bayern’s new tactical setup proved to be effective. With the German club winning 1-0 in Paris and 2-0 in Munich, and ultimately advancing to the quarter-finals. Their success also earned them a prize money of $12 million from UEFA alone.
The leaked coaching notes revealed Nagelsmann’s new tactical approach for Bayern Munich, which is a significant departure from their traditional title-winning 4-2-3-1 formation. The hand-drawn notes, using the Allianz Arena pitch as a template, demonstrate a backline of three central defenders instead of two, marking a formation revolution for the German club.
Matthijs de Ligt, Dayot Upamecano, and Josip Stanisic formed Bayern Munich’s back three in Nagelsmann’s new tactical setup, which played a significant role in eliminating Paris Saint-Germain’s attacking trio of Messi, Mbappe, and Neymar from the Champions League. The innovative 3-2-4-1 formation implemented by Nagelsmann proved to be successful, ultimately leading to Bayern’s progression to the quarter-finals.
Nagelsmann furious after his notes leaked
Nagelsmann’s system places responsibility on the “jokers,” who are wing-backs with both defensive and playmaking duties. Players like Davies, Coman, Gnabry, and Cancelo have been used in these positions.
Hence, the coach’s notes are extremely confidential and not available for public knowledge. A furious Nagelsmann said:
“It’s important to me that I can look myself up and down in the mirror at night. This person can’t look in the mirror. It’s a disgraceful thing to do.”
During the international break, Nagelsmann has time to work with his remaining players. However, on April 1st, Bayern Munich will host Borussia Dortmund in a crucial Bundesliga match that could determine the league leaders. Nagelsmann may have to revisit his tactics to secure a win.
Whatever, be the case Nagelsmann is the one to tarnish Barcelona as well as PSG in the UCL. They can even face Real Madrid later on if they succeed to beat Manchester City in the quarters.
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