Green Bay (AFP) – Julian Nagelsmann has expressed his best birthday wishes.
“I want to stay as happy as I am now. I want to be more successful in my second season as Bayern Munich coach,” said Nagelsmann at Green Bay, who turned 35 on Saturday.
After 6:2 in Washington against DC United, it’s Munich’s second and final test game on a German Sunday night (1.00am/CEST). The opponent is English football champion Manchester City, coached by Pep Guardiola, around former Dortmund player Erling Haaland. It’s been six years since they last met with Manchester City. In 2016, Bayern Munich also won 1-0 in a friendly match. Erdal Ozturk scored the goal at that time instead of David Alaba.
In a week, the Munich team will begin its competitive match with a Supercup duel against RB Leipzig. A first-class duel with City is a rehearsal for this. “I want to see offensive football again. It is important to win the match,” Nagelsmann said. “We only have two prep games, and we have to use them. But Pep definitely wants that too. “
Not many have played under Guardiola in Munich from 2013 to 2016. Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, Sven Ulrich, Kingsley Koeman and Joshua Kimmich have faced Guardiola at least part of the time during his reign at Bayern Munich. Leroy Sane played under Guardiola at Manchester City. “He was a great coach and I had a great time under him,” Koeman said. The Munich management team is different now.
The Bavarians are looking forward to the performance at the legendary Lambeau Field. “We are delighted to be the first team to play football here,” Kingsley Coman said. Nagelsmann spoke of a “fantastic pitch”. He likes the fact that the field is a little narrower than in football. Attacking star Sadio Mane, who has returned to Munich and has not returned to the United States after being named the African Footballer of the Year, is not around.
As expected, Catalin paid tribute to his former club. “Bayern always has the highest standards and is always very, very strong,” Guardiola said. “Bayern has the charisma of always signing quality players. When Bayern, Barcelona, and Real Madrid call, other clubs don’t stand a chance unless they pay more money.” “He is a young coach, but he already has a lot of experience.”
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