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Trip to the USA: Haaland spoils Bayern Munich's rehearsal

Trip to the USA: Haaland spoils Bayern Munich’s rehearsal

Serge Gnabry (left) dribbling against Robin Dias. Photo: Morry Gash/AP/dpa

Bayern’s trip to the United States ends in defeat. Erling Haaland scored the only goal in his debut for Manchester City. CEO Oliver Kahn is drawing a positive conclusion to the journey.

Green Bay – After the defeat on his birthday, Julian Nagelsmann boarded the plane back home with mixed feelings.

The defeat caused by former star Erling Haaland’s goal a week before facing Bayern in the Super Cup in Leipzig did not satisfy the 35-year-old, who was hungry for victory, at the end of the trip to the United States. More important for Munich than the 1-0 loss to Pep Guardiola and Manchester City is the arrival of French storm gem Matisse Tal, who was said to have cost Bayern €28.5m. Lots of money for a 17 year old.

“It is not a substitute for Robert Lewandowski,” said Nagelsmann, who returned to Munich late in a storm. But this can’t be Tel due to its young age. He trusts this “40 goals per day” to the German record champions. “But if he scores ten goals this season, we’ll all be happy,” Nagelsmann said after the game in front of 78,128 spectators in Green Bay.

Approximately 150 million euros in transfer fees

Including Tel fees, the Munich team paid close to 150 million euros in transfer fees this summer. This is offset by revenues of more than 65 million euros. National player Thomas Muller said the club had “tagged” both internally and externally.

The question of how Konrad Laimer (25) of RB Leipzig will continue to exist remains open. Bayern is really good. CEO Oliver Kahn said: “When there are a lot of great players on the team, you want to make it as difficult as possible for the coach as a player. You can only do that if you put in a great performance.” “We created this atmosphere. And from this atmosphere, the best performances emerged again.”

Midfielder Matthijs de Ligt and Sadio Mane, who is absent from City, are expected to show special leadership qualities in the future. Mane has not returned to the United States after being named “African Footballer of the Year”, but is set to play in Leipzig. “Sadio missed us,” Nagelsmann said when asked who should score the goals after Lewandowski. “He would have helped us.” In the match against City, which started 15 minutes later due to a storm and stopped about an hour later, it didn’t work out at 2 x 40 minutes.

As expected, after a grueling week against City, Munich faced a much bigger challenge than they had in their 6-2 win over DC United. Teams like the English champions are a benchmark for a highly ambitious Munich side, which is still feeling the effects of a quarter-final loss to Villarreal in the Champions League. “Our aspirations – the German championship, the DFB Cup, the Champions League – are the highest,” Kahn said.

Get ready for stress

Despite marketing campaigns and social events, Nagelsmann had time for six training sessions in the week-long trip. In addition, there were two friendlies, which placed a lot of sports demands on the stars. “Of course we have to prepare for the biggest challenge: this is next season,” Kahn said. “That’s when Julian goes through his training programme.”

The first title is on the line next weekend. “You shouldn’t overestimate the Super Cup, but we’re looking forward to it,” Khan said. “It was always kind of centered.” Six days later, the Munich team opened the new Bundesliga season with Europa League winner Eintracht Frankfurt.