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FC Bayern: What Julian Nagelsmann is more concerned about

The silver shell, even if it was “heavier than expected,” was obviously fun for Julian Nagelsmann on Sunday evening. After the handover, the youngest master coach in Bayern history had numerous photos of himself and his coaching staff taken, of himself and sports director Hasan Salihamidzic – always in the foreground. And before he sneaked to the TV interviews after over half an hour of celebrations, he even took a few dance steps with the silver goods.

Measured by what FC Bayern had previously shown against VfB Stuttgart on the lawn, the official championship celebration even happily failed, numerous relatives of the players and coaches gathered on the pitch, Joshua Kimmich, for example.

FC Bayern collects “far too many chances”

For this hour, the Munich team, who celebrated a title with their fans again for the first time since 2019, were able to forget what had happened against the relegation -threatened VfB before. For example, that a reaction to the 1: 3 in Mainz failed to materialize; that the opponent had too many chances again and that the inspiration was missing aggressively; that the third home defeat of the season was threatening. For comparison: In the past three years, FCB has only lost a total of three home games.

Of course, Bayern have become champions two weeks ago and therefore no longer feel the 100 % motivation, but especially against opponents from the lower half of the table, the German record champion, who wants to be one of the top 4 in Europe, should not concede “eight or nine goals” can, as coach Julian Nagelsmann explained. “We get far too many chances.”

counterpressing hardly available – Nagelsmann prefers triple chain

Nagelsmann is “too striking” that alone in the defense, in which Tanguy Nianzou caught an extremely unfortunate day. After all, the whole team defends and only in the end the defense chain. “Our counterpressing is what worries me more. We have to get that better under control.”

What was still very well worked in the first half of the season has basically hardly been seen since the turn of the year. “We did not really get going and have not managed to change the switch, bring the top services; the pressing and the balom to bring to the square,” says Salihamidzic about the problems of the second half of the season.

VfB also got too much time in the six-player positions to play long balls behind the Munich chain, which, due to the advanced full-backs, mostly only consisted of Dayot Upamecano and Nianzou. What Nagelsmann used in order to bring the chain of three him in the club, but to bring into play in the club: “Because the remaining defense is clearer – and yet you have high wings.” That means: An additional central defender who secures the “joker” on the outer lanes for the “Joker”, who was often cited.

Why FC Bayern is a passionate affair | Julian Nagelsmann in the FC Bayern Video Podcast

“I don’t mind if we buy one or two pressing machines”

There was nothing to be seen from a residual defense against Stuttgart, “and then you either have to be very ball -safe or postpone extremely fast with the other full -back. Or, and that is the key, the counter press has to be mercilessly good with a lot of power. This interaction does not work, it is ultimately the chain that doesn’t look good. “

Will the pressing problem be remedied again with the current team? “I think that is possible with the existing players,” says Nagelsmann. “I always call one of the talent -free areas. The players near the ball just have to do ball printing in the sprint, everyone can do that.” But: “I also don’t mind if we buy one or two pressing machines.”

08. May 202206: 15 minutes

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