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FC Bayern Munich: Leon Goretzka fails against Eintracht Frankfurt



Julian Nagelsman

FC Bayern will have to do without Leon Goretzka in the top game against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday evening. According to coach Julian Nagelsmann, his representation has already been determined, but an offensive player is threatened with the bank.

Goretzka has “problems with his calves and inner thighs”, but he should be fit again for the cup game in Mainz next Wednesday. He will be represented by Ryan Gravenberch, who, according to Nagelsmann, recently “did it very well”.

On the other hand, the assessment of the most recent performances by Serge Gnabry, who made headlines with a trip to Paris, and Jamal Musiala was more critical. “He already had the chance to show a reaction against Cologne. That wasn’t outstanding, then it’s clear that this tabloid topic will be bigger than necessary,” Nagelsmann said to Gnabry. Kingsley Coman, who came on for him, did well and will play against Frankfurt from the start.

He said of Musiala: “He needs a can opener again, then it’ll flow better again. I know the reasons and have told him, but it’s not for the public.”

It is not yet clear whether Thomas Müller will be in the starting XI, Nagelsmann has only decided on four positions. After two draws in a row, there is room for improvement in terms of the mood in the dressing room, which is quite normal. “We know that we must and will do things better.”

FC Bayern Munich: PK with Nagelsmann before the Frankfurt game in the live ticker to read

That was it from Munich.

goalkeeping coach: “There are ideas in all directions. There is not always just one party involved.”

Phone: “He’s getting better and better, especially in the finish. In some situations he still has to learn to solve it more easily, that’s normal at his age. I’m happy to have him here. He needs a little more time.”

Miller: “I haven’t decided yet. I’ve already said a lot to him and nothing has changed. The poster in my office is only filled to four positions.”

Gnabry: “He already had the chance to show a reaction against Cologne. That wasn’t outstanding, then it’s clear that this tabloid topic is getting bigger than necessary. I explained my point of view to him, we had a good conversation. There is but also people on the bench who didn’t play. King did well and will play tomorrow. I’m trying to make a difference by coming on, not by substituting.”

Musiala Insouciance: “He needs a can opener again, then it will flow better again. I know the reasons and have told him, but it’s not for the public.”

Goretzka substitute Gravenberch: “He did very well, it looks like (that he starts, editor’s note).”

Goretzka problems: “He needs 100 percent for his actions, otherwise he’s not free in his head. All communication should go through me, I try to take the pressure off him by not always having to play. He’s had problems since his time in Bochum, It has to do with his physical condition. Unfortunately, that’s the way it is and it probably won’t be any different. He has to make the decision whether to play or not, but that’s not always easy with ambition.”

Standards: “Either the opponent defends well or we have to be more dynamic in the set pieces. We don’t have much time to train them. From our point of view, the statistics are easy to fake because we score a lot of goals and the percentage is not that high. But we also want to increase the absolute number and defend better.”

Juve scandal and de Ligt: “It’s for the legal department, that’s all I know. I don’t hope anything comes of it.”

physicality: “Frankfurt has good footballing quality and physicality, good emotionality. They’re having an outstanding season, even if a few games have gone away. They have clear processes, move a lot and create a majority.”

Mentality: “My psychologist says that the word doesn’t even exist in this context. If we go about it with the right greed, we have more quality than many in Europe. The attitude covers an important area, we still had that in these two games not more than 90 minutes.”

self-image: “A flow doesn’t just happen. The players weren’t happy with their attitude throughout the game. Cologne was able to lead 2-0, you have to approach the game from the start so that every situation can be decisive. In the first half of the season we had “We do that a lot in the good phase. We should be able to get going when things get more complicated. Talking doesn’t do that.”

Staff: “Everyone who was there last is there, except Leon, who has problems with his calf and inner thigh. He can probably play again on Wednesday.”

Mood: “She’s like Bayern, when you don’t win, she’s not super happy. We know we have to and will do things better.”

Here we go!

Before start: Are there changes in the starting XI? Thomas Müller had to be satisfied with the reserve role twice, but offensive jewel Jamal Musiala was only able to convince to a limited extent. A chance for the veteran?

Before start: Also: How does the team react to the criticism from Joshua Kimmich, who questioned the Bayern pros’ will to win after the Cologne game. “The second half was a bit better, but we definitely need to talk about the first half. In terms of approach, in terms of our readiness and attitude.”

Before start: There are some construction sites: After the separation from goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic, it is unclear how FC Bayern wants to go in this position in the future. While the interim solution puts Tom Starke in position for long-term employment, rumors circulated about old Nagelsmann confidants.

Before start: From 1 p.m. Nagelsmann will be talking about the top game on Saturday (6.30 p.m.), in which FCB are aiming for their first win of the young year. In Leipzig and against Cologne, the leaders of the table did not get beyond a draw.

Before start: Welcome to the press session with Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann ahead of the Bundesliga game against Eintracht Frankfurt.

FC Bayern: Press round with Nagelsmann today in the live stream

As usual, FC Bayern is also providing a free live stream for the media round with Nagelsmann, which you can access here. The press conference is also available as a relive video afterwards.

FC Bayern: The Saturday games on Matchday 18 at a glance

encounter kick-off
Werder Bremen vs VfL Wolfsburg 3.30 p.m
SC Freiburg vs FC Augsburg 3.30 p.m
Hertha BSC vs Union Berlin 3.30 p.m
Mainz 05 versus VfL Bochum 3.30 p.m
TSG Hoffenheim vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach 3.30 p.m
FC Bayern Munich vs. Eintracht Frankfurt 6.30 p.m