Four games, no victory – and because of the corona-related postponement of the DFB Cup game at Bremer SV, there is now a two-week break. What remained of the preparatory games under the new coach Julian Nagelsmann apart from the poor results? The findings.
1 .: Julian Nagelsmann initially relies on proven systems
Tactical guru Pep Guardiola was just a few weeks coach of FC Bayern in the summer of 2013, when, to everyone’s amazement, he downplayed the importance of tactical systems. “Just phone numbers,” he said at the time. Much more important, however, is how they are filled with life.
Especially in his second and third years at FC Bayern Guardiola dialed a wide variety of phone numbers – which differentiates him from his mostly system-loyal predecessors and successors Jupp Heynckes, Carlo Ancelotti, Jupp Heynckes, Niko Kovac and, most recently, Hansi Flick. With the signing of Julian Nagelsmann as the new coach, the return of wild phone number dialing was expected. At his ex-club RB Leipzig, he had shown himself to be extremely willing to experiment in this regard.
In the four test games, however, nothing of this was to be seen, Nagelsmann only switched between a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-3-3. He has not yet tested the 3-4-2-1, which has been used most frequently in his career so far.
Since many EM drivers started training late and the squad is plagued by injury problems, Nagelsmann relies on proven systems. “I have often emphasized that I want to bring in a few new things, but not by the devil in the first few games,” he said after the 2-0 home defeat by Borussia Mönchengladbach in the penultimate friendly.