The current German and European champions Bayern Munich have confirmed that they will be the new coach next season, and the 33-year-old Julian Nagelsmann will lead Leipzig (RB Leipzig) this season.
The young coach managed to get rid of the anonymity of football in just a few seasons and became a substitute for one of the largest clubs in the world. With this decision, Bayern sent a clear message, that is, its outlook for the future. At the same time, this is a very dangerous move. Nagelsmann (Nagelsmann) proved to be a top coach, but he faces a challenge he has never faced before.
The main topic for Bayern this season is the conflict between sports director Hasan Salihamidžić and coach Hansi Flick. In the past few weeks, everything has reached its peak. Flick told the media that he can’t and never become Bayern’s coach. A petition was recently launched to ask fans to leave Salihamidzic. In just a few days, more than 70,000 fans signed the petition. Obviously, this is contrary to the coach.
Although Bayern under Frick won all the victories that could be won, when he became the first coach, the situation was quite different. He took over the team from Niko Kovač in the fall of 2019. Bayern performed indifferently, ranking only fourth in the league. Both the public and professionals at the time believed that it was time for a comprehensive design of the old team, which was too costly to achieve great results.
Flick has made incredible progress. In addition to his results, he also has a dominant and offensive game. In a short period of time, he rejuvenated a team. It was not until yesterday that he was considered to have no future. Similarly, this season, Bayern also dominates the Champions League, and in the Champions League, unfortunately, it was eliminated by PSG and was broken in the first game of the quarter-finals. As a result, there is no need to make changes, but the relationship between the main members of the club has reached the point where it is impossible to look back.
With Frick coming but leaving the club, this is the answer to Nagelsman’s biggest challenge.
Due to internal conflicts, Flick was even the third coach to leave in the past three years. The first victim was the world brand Carlo Ancelotti, one of the most successful coaches in football history. Unfortunately for him, the locker room did not accept him, and due to self-conflict, changing coaches was much easier than half of the team.
He was succeeded by a young coach, Niko Kovač, who came from a smaller stage and should approach the dressing room more gently and passively than his predecessor, at least the leaders think so. But in fact, it’s not. Under the leadership of Thomas Müller, most of the club’s predecessors opposed the Croatian coach, his Spartan working method and the idea of how the team should play. He was replaced by Flick, who was eventually accepted by the players but not by the sports director. This shows how difficult it is to succeed at Bayern.
Julian Nagelsmann is about to become one of the largest but most difficult leading clubs in the world. At the same time, he will have to confront Bayern’s opponents, balance his power in the club, and position himself as the authority that the locker room will accept. Facts have proved that this is an impossible task for Bayern in recent years. Just a year later, the Bavarian giant became a club of chewing and spitting out coaches. This trend of rapid changes and short-term decision-making is by no means in line with Bayern’s image. In this regard, Negsman will become a key figure closer to the club’s future.
In theory, Nagelsmann is Bayern’s best solution. Although he is only 33 years old, behind him are the outstanding stocks of Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig. The architect and main thinker of the two clubs is the sports director Ralph Rangnick. Over the years, they have recognized great young players. They have developed in Hoffenheim and Leipzig, and have a higher reputation. The price is sold. Nagsman’s success is largely due to Langnick’s infrastructure, but the young coach showed that he knows how to recognize the potential of players brilliantly, find their right roles on the court and play likable Football.
Nagelsmann’s career began as a chief analyst at Thomas Tuchel, and even then, he still stood out with his outstanding diligence and his time and energy devoted to the smallest details. He has achieved his analytical skills brilliantly in the coaching position. At the helm, Hoffenheim grew steadily from 2011 to 2016 and reached its peak in the 2016/17 season, when the club took him from the German countryside to the UEFA Champions League. He stayed there until two seasons ago when he entered the big Red Bull project in Leipzig, where he continued to do outstanding work. In his first season, he led the club to third place in the Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
What impressed me most was that he adapted to major style changes very quickly and effectively. Unlike Hoffenheim, who often plays dominant position football with him, he has established one of the most pressing teams in the world in the Leipzig RB team, which is based on strength, speed and verticality.
For Bayern, it makes sense to introduce the most promising coaches in the world, including the Germans. The image of the Bavarian Club is that it always plans the next two steps before the British or Spanish giants. In recent years, due to constant changes and conflicts, this image has been damaged. Nagsman was not only appointed as a senior coach, but also as a representative of the new Bayern.
The image represents the vision of a long-thinking club and realizes the imminent departure of one of the best generations in club history. Within a year or two, the seniors in the locker room will become an obvious burden on the court and a new team will need to be formed. After the club’s annual earthquake, Bayern no longer has the luxury of wasting time and results.