Trainer Julian Nagelsman made a clear announcement to the stars of Bayern Munich for their free time activities. Nagelsmann emphasized that there are “no conditions” for the record German soccer champions, but: “I have to justify my days off to my bosses myself. When the social channels are full of various shootings, I lose my line of argument.”
The reason for the statement were pictures of national players Serge Gnabry, who used the Sunday off to visit Paris Fashion Week. The players should basically be able to do what they want in their free time, explained Nagelsmann: “It is important that the right answer is given on the pitch.”
This also applies to the duel with 1. FC Köln on Tuesday (8.30 p.m. / Sat.1 and Sky). If the performance is good, “it’s okay, if not, I have to address it,” stressed Nagelsmann.
The coach has had great respect for opponents Cologne, not only since FC’s 7-1 gala against Werder Bremen. “They start off very well, but also have a few gaps that can be filled. That’s what I find so interesting about the style of play that Steffen Baumgart wants to implement. You can score seven goals, but you can also concede four. They like football.”
They have other personnel problems Bavaria, who have to do without five professionals around Captain Manuel Neuer, not. Dayot Upamecano had to stop training because of his recurring problems with a toe. “But that’s not dangerous for the game,” said Nagelsmann.