The win against Bayer Leverkusen on matchday eight brought a lot of relief for Bayern Munich and Julian Nagelsmann. The German coach has been subject to significant criticism in the past few weeks due to Die Roten’s poor run of form in the Bundesliga.
After making a solid start to the season with four wins across all competitions, Bayern hit a rough patch of form in the Bundesliga. They suffered three consecutive draws against Borussia Monchengladbach, Union Berlin, and VfB Stuttgart before suffering defeat in the Bavarian derby against Augsburg.
Nagelsmann was facing the first crisis at Bayern since arriving from RB Leipzig in 2021. The reports in German media suggested that players were frustrated with Nagelsmann’s tactical decisions, while fringe players were disappointed due to lack of playing time.
Amidst the critical reports in German media, Bayern Munich chiefs publicly backed Nagelsmann to turn around the situation after the international break. While talking to BR24 (via SportBild), former Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted that people often forget how young Julian Nagelsmann is for a head coach. Rummenigge backed the German coach to get it right for Bayern despite the recent slump in form.
"“I think he’s a great coaching talent. But you must not forget that he is a very young coach who of course still has to gain experience.”“And if you then of course coach a caliber like Bayern Munich, then it’s not that easy either.”"
Considering his rise in German football, it is easy to forget that Julian Nagelsmann is just 35. His work at Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig was astounding, which eventually earned him a move to Bayern. The expectations at Die Roten are much higher, and the spotlight on the coach is even more intense. A couple of poor results and knives are out for you in the media.
Julian Nagelsmann will definitely get significant time at Bayern. The Bavarian club paid a record fee for his services and handed him a five-year deal. The German coach is part of long-term plans at Die Roten, so giving up on the project at its first crisis doesn’t make sense.
The win against Leverkusen will give breathing space to Nagelsmann. The German coach should look to gain consistency in performances and results as the season progresses. Along with having a cramped schedule, the current season is even more challenging since Die Roten lost a prolific goalscorer in Robert Lewandowski.
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Bayern should now look to build on the performance against Leverkusen. The defending German champions need to go on a run in October to go back at the top of the points table in the Bundesliga. For now, the focus will shift to matchday three of the Champions League as they host Viktoria Plzen later tonight.