Amid dressing-room leaks, Bayern fire Nagelsmann after crucial loss
After losing to Bayer Leverkusen, Julian Nagelsmann has been fired as Bayern boss. Last weekend's defeat cost the Bavarians top spot in the Bundesliga.
Nagelsmann was skiing in Austria when he found out about his sacking. The 35-year-old had been in charge at the Allianz Arena since July 2021.
Thomas Tuchel has been confirmed as Nagelsmann’s replacement, on a deal running until 2025. He’s been out of work since leaving Chelsea last year.
Recently, Bayern’s tactical plans were leaked to Bild. They detailed players’ roles on the pitch and the movements Nagelsmann wanted them to make.
Nagelsmann is in a relationship with a Bild journalist. He said that if dressing-room info came out because of him, he’d have no hesitation in resigning.
He expressed his anger at the leak: “If the person revealing the information wants to hurt me, they have. But they also hurt all the players in the team.”
The presence of ‘moles’ at Bayern isn’t new. During Pep Guardiola’s tenure has head coach, line-ups and tactical plans found their way into the media.
After defeat to Leverkusen, Bayern are second in the Bundesliga, a point off leaders Dortmund. They have only lost three league games all season, though.
The upheaval at Bayern comes as they prepare to face Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals. City are on a run of six straight wins.
At a key moment in the season, the Bayern squad will have to adapt to a new head coach with a style that’s very different to Nagelsmann’s.
Tuchel is all about controlling possession, keeping it tight in central areas, hitting spaces between the lines and looking for individual duels.
He will have to contend with significant injury absences: Manuel Neuer and Lucas Hernández are both out for the rest of the season.
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