MJulian Nagelsmann can imagine himself as a coach who was happier during his time at Bayern. Turbulent weeks lie behind him: Cup defeat against Gladbach, surprising defeat at the outsider Augsburg in the league. But above all: the profound and never-ending discussion about the unvaccinated Joshua Kimmich – and the consequences.
Nagelsmann has to manage a game in the Champions League. It goes to Kiev, on Tuesday the game against Dynamo is on (6.45 p.m., in the sports ticker of the WELT and at DAZN). In Kiev, Bayern are aiming for their fifth win in their fifth group game after 17-2 goals so far. After the ticket to the round of 16 that has already been booked, that would mean winning the group ahead of time. Munich could possibly secure this even in the event of a defeat.
So everything could be so contemplative, but the pandemic is really putting the Bavarians on the back burner. Nagelsmann had to complete the final training without the quarantine quintet Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Michael Cuisance, because they are in quarantine as Corona contacts. He also had to do without defenders Niklas Süle and Josip Stanisic after their corona infections.
“To what extent do you have to tolerate all of this?” Asks Nagelsmann
And then there was also this: According to a report by “BILD AM SONNTAG”, several as yet unvaccinated professionals from FC Bayern have to forego part of their salaries. According to this, the Bayern bosses should have informed those four players who had previously had to be in quarantine of this decision after a conversation last Thursday. You should not receive any salary retroactively for the quarantine week, as the newspaper learned from the team. On Monday it also leaked that some players might want to try to take legal action against their salary cuts. At least that’s what the BR reported.
Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) welcomes the planned move by Munich. “First of all, FC Bayern makes its own decisions. It is one of the most professional clubs in the world and one of the most successful. The management already knows exactly what to do. I believe that the process that has now begun, which will then take place, as far as you can see it from the media, is clearly correct, ”said Söder on Monday after a CSU board meeting.
He fully supported the procedure. Ultimately, the Corona rules are also about the relationship between fans and professionals. “If, for example, the fans come into the stadium with 2G plus under difficult conditions, then I think it is simply part of creating a unity between the players and among the fans,” emphasized Söder. At the same time, however, he also emphasized that, especially in the current situation, it would have “great symbolic power for the entire vaccination campaign” if unvaccinated professionals followed the doctors’ vaccination recommendations.
Nagelsmann was asked on Monday afternoon whether he was still having fun because so much internal information leaked out? Basically he replied, “I have more fun when it’s quiet and everything is going in the right direction. Anyway, I am amazed that we are the only club where there is such unrest. But we are the club where it is most interested and where other clubs take a back seat and can say to themselves: It’s good that we don’t get it. “
Upamecano is also out
Such interfering noises are a part of Bayern Munich, lectured Nagelsmann, that has always existed, “for decades”. In his opinion, however, the question is to what extent “we have to tolerate all of this, should tolerate it. Of course, I don’t think it’s happy that certain internals, which should also remain internal, are being divulged. That is not always beneficial. It has always existed. But the question is whether you say: Yes, we keep going on like this. Or trying to become the Lord. It’s not that easy. These are not things that endanger our sporting success or are extremely private. But it would be nice if things were a little more closed. It’s part of the business in the end, but not the healthiest part. “
In Kiev, in addition to the troops in quarantine or isolation, defender Dayot Upamecano is also out, he is suspended after three yellow cards. Kingsley Coman and Marcel Sabitzer are ailing and their commitment is therefore questionable.
Despite the personnel problems, Nagelsmann said he was “not traveling to Kiev with a bar group.” He also didn’t think that the greater risk of quarantine for the unvaccinated Bayern players could lead to a split in his team: “I don’t think the team breaks on it. In the end, you have to grow from it and be there for one another. At the end of the day, a team or group is always honored that you don’t always have to agree, but rather that you are allowed to discuss these issues in a controversial manner. Our players are guaranteed to do that, ”said Nagelsmann on the subject of corona and vaccinations.
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