Nagelsmann criticism in check: Does the Bayern coach rely on experience instead of performance?
Julian Nagelsmann is said to be viewed critically by some players at FC Bayern: Tel and Gravenberch's short playing times are surprising.
If the FC Bayern four times in a row in the Bundesliga does not win, then the tree burns properly. Julian Nagelsmann has to listen to most of the criticism at the moment. Although the bosses were united behind the 35-year-old, the major media are reporting again table football and the IMAGE again and again from disagreements between the coach and the team.
How long will this be good? If a coach loses the support of the players, this is usually the first sign of an impending separation. There is currently a lot of speculation that some Bayern players are not particularly happy with the coach. the IMAGE recently reported that some players are dissatisfied with their playing time. Despite everything, the atmosphere in the team is good, but it should Nagelsmann are now viewed critically internally.
A point of criticism is probably the personal decisions of the coach. Some players claim that when in doubt, Nagelsmann relies on experience and hierarchy rather than performance. But what exactly is the point of this accusation?
Choupo-Moting instead of Tel: Nagelsmann surprises with a personnel decision
It came as a bit of a surprise that Julian Nagelsmann substituted Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who had been in poor form up to that point, against Augsburg and completely dispensed with Mathys Tel. The intention of the coach was probably also to bring a clear number nine. The Cameroonian embodies this more than the young Frenchman. However, it is also an indication that Nagelsmann does not yet trust the youngster in critical situations. Why actually? After all, Tel delivered a strong game in the cup and also in his only starting eleven against the VfB Stuttgart met. Despite good performances, the 17-year-old had to go out after an hour in both games.
Tel is currently not ahead of Choupo-Moting in the hierarchy, but that would be fair in terms of performance. After all, the Cameroonian couldn't shine against VfB Stuttgart. However, it was also an odd move by Nagelsmann to bring the veteran striker up 2-1 (against VfB) where there was room for a counterattack. However, Choupo-Moting is anything but a counterattacker.
Gravenberch struggles with deployment times
Another point of contention is Ryan Gravenberch's short playing time. Despite Leon Goretzka's injury, the young Dutchman was only allowed to start in the cup, where he put in a strong performance. He made five joker appearances in the Bundesliga. These lasted 25 to 30 minutes here and there, but more so in the games that had already been decided beforehand. In tricky moments and CL games, Nagelsmann does not seem to trust the Dutchman.
Accordingly, the player himself recently confirmed, disappointed with his operating times to be.
Although Marcel Sabitzer rightly played a lot, it is surprising that Nagelsmann did not rotate at this point. This could also have caused astonishment in the team. After all, Kimmich described the young Dutchman as the newcomer who has convinced him the most in training so far. Nagelsmann obviously sees things differently. The coach has identified deficits in the defensive movement. The 35-year-old said the same thing about Mazraoui, although little has been said as he has been given more playing time in recent weeks.
Bank place despite outstanding performance: Musiala sidelined against Inter
There should also have been surprise that the Bayern coach Jamal Musiala in the important CL game against Inter Milan allowed to sit down on the bench. After all, the youngster has shown outstanding performances in the previous games and is probably the best and most consistent Bayern player of the entire season. Although the game was won 2-0, that doesn't necessarily make Musiala's measly six-minute effort any more understandable.
All in all, the clear picture emerges that when in doubt, Nagelsmann prefers to rely on experience. Whether this really leads to discord in the dressing room remains to be seen.
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