Saturday 17th July 2021
Test bankruptcy and three injured
Concerns are growing at FC Bayern
The test match against 1. FC Köln is entertaining, the result for FC Bayern bitter: Julian Nagelsmann loses his debut as coach of the record champions. But the new man knows how to properly classify the bankruptcy. Nagelsmann has completely different worries anyway.
Julian Nagelsmann has internalized the winning gene of FC Bayern Munich, but the new coach could not look forward to a successful premiere. However, the 33-year-old did not want to overestimate the 2: 3 (2: 2) defeat in the first test match against 1. FC Köln. His verdict was also mild because he had to replace both the French and German internationals and goal scorer Robert Lewandowski. Thus, a team came up for the record champions that will have little to do with the one that will play the Bundesliga opener against Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday, August 13th.
“Basically, we always want to win at Bayern, and that also applies to the test matches. But when you see our squad, it was okay,” said Nagelsmann. “It was entertaining and interesting, so we can also take something positive with us.” However, there is also negative news: Marc Roca, who had torn an outer ligament in advance, Christopher Scott and Taylor Booth (both muscular problems) add to the list of injuries. The regulars Alphonso Davies and Lucas Hernández are already standing on it. Although sports director Hasan Salihamidžić recently ruled out newcomers, the club could still be active again. Nagelsmann says: “The squad isn’t that big at the moment anyway, now we’ve got three injured people. We talk every day and sound out the market to see what works and what doesn’t.”
Cologne’s coach Steffen Baumgart, on the other hand, offered a starting eleven in the third preparation game of the Rhinelander, who are completing a training camp in Donaueschingen, which could also be on the field on August 15 against Hertha BSC. Regular goalkeeper Timo Horn, captain Jonas Hector and returnees Mark Uth were allowed to run right from the start. At Bayern, the new signings Omar Richards and Dayot Upamecano were in the starting eleven. They were directly subjected to stress tests and Nagelsmann only needed six minutes to get up to operating temperature.
Together with Salihamidžić, he was happy about Armindo Sieb’s leadership. After Jan Thielmann (20th) and Uth (27th) managed to turn the game within seven minutes, Nagelmann’s expression darkened. But it quickly brightened up again because striker Joshua Zirkzee made it 2-2 for FCB (34th). For the majority of the players it was over after the first round. Both coaches changed eagerly. However, the rhythm suffered as a result. Nevertheless, Uth scored his second goal in front of around 6,000 spectators. “It’s nice to win against Bayern in front of the fans. But of course we can assess the result,” said the double goal scorer at “MagentaSport”.