Nagelsmann was Leipzig’s coach until the end of last season. Also, two of his Bayern players, defender Dayot Upamecano and midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, were on that Leipzig team, too.
Bayern Munich coach, Julian Nagelsmann, will get a large dose of déjà vu when his team visits Leipzig in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
After all, Nagelsmann was Leipzig’s coach until the end of last season. Also, two of his Bayern players, defender Dayot Upamecano and midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, were on that Leipzig team, too.
Sabitzer was a Leipzig player until 10 days ago. Then he signed on to Bayern. Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch said on Thursday his team might have to tweak its tactics to stop Bayern from making full use of Sabitzer’s insider knowledge.
For Nagelsmann, it’s a chance to push ahead of potential title rivals such as Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund. Leipzig and Marsch are aiming to kickstart their underwhelming season so far and become the first team to beat
Bayern in the new Nagelsmann era
“I’m looking forward to it a lot, it’s a special game for me,” Nagelsmann said this week in a question-and-answer session with Bayern fans. “That’s normal when you play against your former club. I’m slightly worried that the Leipzig fans won’t welcome me back that warmly because they didn’t agree with the move.”
Bayern’s record under Nagelsmann looks spectacular at first glance — four wins, one draw, and 24 goals scored. However, half of those goals came in a near-meaningless 12-0 German Cup win against fifth-tier opposition.
Nagelsmann’s two trickiest games so far were far from convincing, a 1-1 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach and a 3-1 Super Cup win over Dortmund.
“Our cupboard isn’t bare in Leipzig. The coaches and players who are with us now are just as important as those who left,” club CEO Oliver Mintzlaff said in comments published on Wednesday by Sport Bild magazine. “Bayern hasn’t emptied us with its purchases.”
Leipzig needs time to let new signings adapt. Striker André Silva has one goal in four games since arriving from Eintracht Frankfurt. Also, younger signings such as defenders Josko Gvardiol and Mohamed Simakan need time to settle in.
Midfielder Ilaix Moriba has yet to play since signing from Barcelona for 16 million euros ($19 million) as a long-term replacement for Sabitzer.
Marsch has tipped Spanish midfielder Dani Olmo to play a key role against Bayern. saying he’s “fitter and more prepared” after sitting out Spain’s World Cup qualifying games over the last two weeks.