FC Bayern Munich has won the German championship for the tenth time in a row and for the 32nd time overall. For coach Julian Nagelsmann it was the first major title of his career. Whether he was able to lay a solid foundation for a new, successful era with his debut season depends on the decisions of his superiors. A comment.
Of course, Julian Nagelsmann was relieved. “We played well and deservedly became champions. If we hadn’t won, that would have been an unnecessary setback,” said the coach after the 3-1 win over BVB.
After the early and embarrassing end in the second round of the DFB Cup against Borussia Mönchengladbach (0:5) and in the Champions League against FC Villarreal, the record champions have at least fulfilled their duty by winning the “salad bowl”, their title rich history added another, special – because the tenth in a row.
“It’s an important moment for me,” said Nagelsmann about his first major title as a coach. “It wasn’t the easiest year when you had your first twelve months at Bayern Munich. Because a lot of things happened over the course of the year and there were a few blows to my neck that weren’t easy for me as an ambitious person to cope with.”
Nagelsmann tried a lot in his debut year in Munich, including implementing the triple chain known from Hoffenheim and Leipzig. That often went well in the first half of the season, but in the second half it was often too bumpy. Either way, the coach is trying to lay a stable foundation for a new, successful era. But whether that will also be sustainable depends above all on the decisions of his superiors.
FC Bayern: Kahn and Salihamidzic have to deliver
CEO Oliver Kahn and sports director Hasan Salihamidzic must not leave Nagelsmann alone now, they must give him the best possible squad. Because the upheaval at FC Bayern is still in full swing. Thiago, Boateng and Alaba have left the club in the past two years. Niklas Süle is also leaving Munich after this season. An already immense loss of quality that has not really been compensated so far – and threatens to become even greater.
While Thomas Müller (“It’s difficult to leave today”) and Manuel Neuer (“The talks will take place. I feel very comfortable here”) will probably extend their contracts, which expire in 2023, Tormaschine Robert Lewandowski ( “Both sides have to look. The situation is not easy for me either”) strongly after farewell. Added to this is the still unclear situation at Serge Gnabry.
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“I know that I can do things better. I won’t completely change my style, but I will adapt certain things,” Nagelsmann admitted to self-critical mistakes after the only title of the season. Well aware of the expectations surrounding the Allianz Arena, he added: “Next year I will feel the same pressure as this year, maybe even a little more.”
Kahn and Salihamidzic have a direct influence on this with their work.