Miroslav Klose took part in his first official training session as assistant manager of Bayern Munich yesterday. His promotion from U-17 manager was announced back in May, but yesterday was the first opportunity he had to work alongside Hansi Flick with the rest of the squad.
Per a new report from AZ, for now, Klose will focus primarily on working with the new players at Bayern Munich, as well as working with the club’s strikers. Given his experience with the youth teams and the U-17’s, he’ll also be responsible for working directly with some of the younger players in the squad.
New Bayern signees Leroy Sane, Tanguy Nianzou, and Alexander Nübel are not eligible for the remainder of the Champions League campaign, so Klose has made it a point to work with that group and give them advice. Despite being involved in the team sessions, part of their specific training varies from the rest of the squad since they will not fly with the team to Lisbon, Portugal. Klose’s plan is to stay behind and train with them while the rest of the squad is away.
Klose will also make a point of working with Bayern’s strikers, having spent his playing days as a prolific goal-scorer in the Bundesliga, Serie A, and for the German National Team. He did some extra work with Robert Lewandowski after Tuesday’s main session, for which the Polish ace was grateful: “He was a great player and I know he can help us with his experience and skills,” Lewandowski said. Klose is able to offer a lot of advice in terms of headers, combination play, and different finishing techniques. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is also happy Klose can work with the strikers: “I am convinced that our strikers in particular will benefit from him as a coach,” he said.
The experience Klose had working with Bayern’s youth teams and the U-17’s has given him ample time working with younger players, so he knows how to motivate them and get them to perform to the best of their potential. Because of this, he’ll also be tasked with working closely with the younger players in Bayern’s senior squad like Adrian Fein, Joshua Zirkzee, Malik Tillman, Jamal Musiala, and Chris Richards, among others. He can really help integrate some of the younger players into the senior squad and help keep them motivated. He’s the perfect bridge between the jump from the youth teams to the first team.