How explosive is the Nagelsmann return going?
Julian Nagelsmann (34) sat 95 games on the RB bench, was once runner-up, was once in the cup final and the semi-finals of the Champions League. On Saturday (6.30 p.m. / Sky and live ticker at BILD.de) he will return to Leipzig for the first time – as a Bayern coach.
At the beginning of the week Nagelsmann said in a fan talk: “I’m a little worried that the Leipzig fans won’t receive me so happily.”
One day before the league hit, Nagelsmann is a little more relaxed: “From a coach’s point of view, I don’t care. In Dortmund, the people don’t greet me happily either. But since I worked in Leipzig for two years, it’s an issue from a human point of view. Of course I’ve read things like, Baron of Lies and so on about myself. I won’t let that get too close to me. I still go into the game full of anticipation and am not shaking now. It’s not that bad when a few people whistle. As far as I am concerned, all 34,000 can whistle. That’s okay. I don’t hear so well on the right anyway. Then that doesn’t bother me either. “
Background: Some fans had already announced in advance that Nagelsmann would have to expect whistles. Jan Wieland (55), head of the Leipzig fan club Holy Bulls, told BILD: “It will be an uncomfortable reception for Nagelsmann. In the fan scene, people are disappointed with him because he said that he won’t take anyone with him to Munich and then some players and managers have changed, even if RB has received a decent amount of money. He definitely has to expect whistles because the fans are disappointed. “
That is why Leipzig boss Oliver Mintzlaff (46) made an appeal to the fans on Wednesday: “I fully understand that as a fan you are disappointed when good players or successful coaches leave the club. Nevertheless, I appeal to our fans: Receive Sabi (Marcel Sabitzer, d.Red.), Upa (Dayot Upamecano) and Julian and his coaching staff fairly with us in the Red Bull Arena! This idea of fair play has always distinguished you and set you apart from other clubs. Julian did a fantastic job with his coaching staff, as did the two players. “
With Nagelsmann, three assistant coaches (Glück, Zembrod, Toppmöller), team psychologist Pelka, defense boss Upamecano and captain Sabitzer changed to the record champions.
Nagelsmann: “I think the coaching team and the individual players are also looking forward to returning. We haven’t been gone that long. I had two great years in Leipzig and an exceptionally good spirit in the coaching team. “