Julian Nagelsmann has hit out at his Bayern Munich players following their 1-0 defeat to Augsburg on Saturday.
The Bundesliga champions have made a poor start to the 2022/23 campaign by their own lofty standards, winning just three of their opening seven league matches, drawing to Gladbach, Union Berlin and Stuttgart, and most recently losing at Augsburg.
Defeat means they’re now winless in each of their last four Bundesliga fixtures and sit fourth in the league table, level on points with fifth-placed Hoffenheim, who play Freiburg on Sunday.
Bayern dominated the ball against Augsburg, enjoying 77% of possession, but failed to score with any of their 19 shots and have gave away a number of chances at the other end.
Speaking to Sky after the game, Nagelsmann criticised his players for not being more clinical: “We’re just very, very laissez-faire in the final third. In practice, we don’t even have that much surplus.”
He went further, adding he questions his own performances too: “I think about everything. About me. About the situation. About everything.”
Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic admitted that he’s worried about Bayern’s performances, claiming they won’t be able to win the league playing as they are.
“We haven’t won in four games in the Bundesliga, have scored three out of twelve possible points, so I’m a little worried. The way we played today, you can’t win in the Bundesliga.
“We didn’t finish the situations – several situations we had – didn’t play concentrated to the end, didn’t finish with a certain greed to want to score goals and also allowed some chances against us, didn’t defend these situations to the end and, as I said, we can’t win in the Bundesliga.”
How Bayern Munich poached Jamal Musiala from Chelsea
Bayern Munich technical director Marco Neppe has revealed that the club made the decision to do everything they could to sign the ‘spectacular’ Jamal Musiala after seeing him in action as a 15-year-old for an England junior team.
Although German-born, Musiala lived in England from the age of seven and was briefly in the youth setup at Southampton before joining Chelsea’s academy when he was eight.
Musiala was at Chelsea for eight years in total, going on to represent England at various age groups, but when Bayern came calling in 2019 he decided to head back to Germany. That ultimately also influenced his decision to choose the country of his birth at senior international level.
“It was an international tournament and Jamal was playing for the England under-16 national team,” Neppe told Sky Sport Germany, recalling his first time scouting Musiala.
“Honestly, I can hardly remember any result, but I can remember two players very clearly: Jude Bellingham and Jamal Musiala, who played together for England. They were spectacular.”
Neppe praised Musiala, now 19 and a key player for both Bayern and Germany, for his ‘incredible touch, skills and movement’, as well as his dribbling ability.
“We kept talking about the name Jamal Musiala in our scouting sessions. He was 15 years old then. It was difficult to get video footage. So it was all about live scouting. We immediately had the unanimous opinion that we would do everything we could to bring him to Bayern,” he continued.
The key factor in persuading Musiala to leave Chelsea in favour of joining Bayern was a meeting in London where Neppe was able to meet the player’s family.
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“I had a very interesting meeting in London, was able to get to know his family and also had talks with him. I remember that very well because I was aware that at this point I was speaking to a 15-year-old who would not have much of a conversation,” the official revealed.
“Jamal was actually not very talkative, but his statements were so clear. It spoke for him and his ambitions. It gave me a good feeling about how he is and what ambitious path he wants to go.”
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Sadio Mane ‘couldn’t believe’ winning Champions League with Liverpool
Sadio Mane remembers being in sheer disbelief when he won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2019.
Mane and co went up against Tottenham in the final of the competition that year and won comfortably, beating their Premier League rivals 2-0.
While they entered the match as favourites, the 30-year-old says he couldn’t believe it when Divock Origi scored their second goal to seal the victory and still remembers the night vividly.
“I remember the second goal that Divock Origi scored very well. I was over the moon at that moment. I couldn’t believe it. I just thought back to my childhood, when I was watching the Champions League,” he told UEFA.com.
“I also took a lot of pleasure in watching the excitement surrounding the competition. I found myself playing a final and, more importantly, winning it. It was amazing – 2019 was an outstanding year. The celebrations, the club…
“You just had to be there to understand. I think over half a million people were out in the streets waiting for us to parade our trophy. It was just beautiful.”
After spending three more years at Anfield, Mane left for Bayern Munich this summer but says his former club will always hold a special place in his heart.
“Honestly, I will never forget my time there. I learned a lot – as a man and as a football player,” he stated.
“The supporters were amazing, the people from the city were amazing. It is a club that will stay in my heart forever.
“It is also a legendary club – they have won everything. And also, it is the club that had all the best Champions League nights.”
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