Julian Nagelsmann celebrates 100th Bundesliga win
"I honestly didn't know that, I thought I'd already won more!" Julian Nagelsmann jokingly said. "It's a nice number, I'm happy about that. Can I have a schnapps? No, not at 100, not until I get to 111. But maybe I'll have a mulled wine," said the 34-year-old head coach in the pre-match presser before the Bundesliga home game against 1. FSV Mainz 05 when asked about possibly notching up 100 Bundesliga wins in 199 matches. After an important 2-1 home victory, we can now say: Cheers and congratulations on your milestone, coach!
Hitzfeld was even quicker to 100 than Nagelsmann
The last coach to achieve 100 league wins in quicker time was Ottmar Hitzfeld in 1996 (winning 100 by his 187th game). "There is nothing to drink at our training ground. I also have to drive, but at home I have both in the fridge, so let's see what I decide to have," Nagelsmann said after the final whistle, with a twinkle in his eye, before immediately focusing back on the jam-packed week ahead after a hard-fought comeback win against Mainz. "We're now six points clear [at the top]. That's really good if we can back up this win with a good performance on Tuesday in Stuttgart."
Half of all wins at Hoffenheim
The Bavarian-born coach has celebrated twelve of his 100 wins at FC Bayern, 37 in his two-year stint at the helm of RB Leipzig and 51 in his first head coach role in the German top flight, at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. The youngest-ever premanent head coach in the Bundesliga can also be pleased with his team's current form: Munich have already picked up 37 points from 15 games this season - better than any points haul (after 15 games) in the past five seasons. In addition to this, the 3-0 victory over Xavi's FC Barcelona last week was the team's sixth win in six Champions League matches. Bayern, and Nagelsmann, will hope that come the end of the season, the boss will have had plenty more reasons to have had a celebratory drink.
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