'Leipzig will be a special game for me'
Tue, 07/09/21, 12:00
The 7 best statements from the YouTube Q&A with Julian Nagelsmann
On Monday, Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann answered fans' questions in a YouTube Q&A. fcbayern.com has compiled the best questions and answers for you.
1. What role will Marcel Sabitzer occupy?
Nagelsmann: “At the end of the day, the player himself determines that. Sabi is fundamentally an excellent Bundesliga player who’ll fit in very well at FC Bayern Munich and in the team, and can play different positions. With him we’ve found a player who, because he knows the coaching staff, won’t need much time to settle in. He’ll bring us and you, the fans, a lot of joy.”
2. What’s the latest on injuries?
“Obviously we have a few injured players. There’s no major prognosis for Upamecano yet. Davies went off injured yesterday, there’s no diagnosis for him yet. He’ll have an MRI today. Apart from that, the players who were injured are on the road to recovery, but I can’t give a forecast for the Leipzig match yet.”
3. How’s it looking with Lucas Hernández?
“Luci is making a very good impression. Physically he’s back to full strength and doesn’t have any problems with the knee. The injury is healed. Obviously he needs a bit more time because the injury took a bit longer and he’s been out for a long time, but in terms of his fitness, we’re very optimistic. His numbers in training are normal, the same as the other players who completed the whole of pre-season. The rehab coaches have done a really good job there, so we’re all pleased. He will certainly feature in one of the [next] two matches – probably not in both, because it’s a bit too soon to do two matches in a short space of time. Hopefully, if everything goes well until then, we’ll see him on the pitch against either Leipzig or Barcelona.”
4. What’s the situation with Marc Roca?
“He’s also fit again. He did his first full training session today and will certainly need a bit more time. He’s a strategist in that holding midfield position. When you play a high-possession game, he has great ideas. He has a very good left foot and composure on the ball; he just needs a bit of time and rhythm. That’s not easy when you have as many competitive matches as we do. That will only come over the few training sessions, because we don’t have the chance to rotate a lot in games and get unfit players fit again. He’s an extremely open, friendly and cheerful young man, who’s also hungry to improve and wants to work. Marc is someone who always pushes himself and he exudes that too, so he’ll certainly get going again soon.”
5. What do you make of Jamal Musiala’s performances?
“He’s a great player with big potential, a lot of talent, but who still has elements that he can improve. The nice thing about him is that he’s very humble and modest, so he’s on course to become a big, big player.”
6. Your opinion on Thomas Müller?
“Thomas plays very intelligent football and can act as an extended arm of the coach. He has incredible understanding and can communicate things to his teammates without coming across as a headteacher on the pitch. He’s a mainstay at FC Bayern and in my plans.”
7. How much are you looking forward to Leipzig?
“I’m looking forward to it a lot, it’s obviously a special game for me. I think 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. I can assure them, though, that I gave everything in my two years in Leipzig and we had some good successes. I’m going back to a stadium where we celebrated a lot of victories. I hope the whistles from the Leipzig fans are kept to a minimum.”
While Nagelsmann answered questions on Monday, Marcel Sabitzer was busy with performance tests: