Julian Nagelsmann went undefeated for his first ten competitive matches in charge of Bayern Munich, winning nine of those matches. That record boasts the strongest start that any Bayern manager has ever had from their first ten matches, though the run was brought to an end with the 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt just before the international break. Still, Nagelsmann has arguably exceeded expectations thus far in a season that had its fair share of injury woes to start with and a majority of Bayern’s squad not having a proper preseason due to the European Championships.
Speaking about Bayern at the German Football Ambassador award ceremony in Berlin earlier this month, former CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge noted that Nagelsmann has gotten off to “a very good start” at Bayern. Of course, at Germany’s most successful club, the pressure is always going to be on, and the manager never really gets off of the hot seat until silverware is delivered in abundance with a positive brand of football. Add to that the transfer fee that Bayern paid to get Nagelsmann from rivals RB Leipzig, and the pressure has been that much greater on the 34-year-old that previously managed Leipzig and TSG Hoffenheim.
With a record 9 wins, 1 loss, and 1 draw from Bayern’s first 11 matches of the hinrunde has certainly alleviated some of the pressure on Nagelsmann’s as it’s vitally important for Bayern managers to get off on the right foot. “It is important at Bayern Munich that you get off to a good start, that makes things a little easier,” Rummenigge emphasized. Nagelsmann has made it clear when he first took charge of the club that he’s not phased by all of the added pressure that comes with leading the ranks at Bayern, and that way he’s had his side playing so far this season is leaving little room to argue that they won’t be pushing for titles on all three fronts.
Even with the unfortunate loss to Frankfurt, snapping Nagelsmann and Bayern’s unbeaten streak, Rummenigge doesn’t feel that it was for a lack of Bayern playing positively. “I think the team played very, very good football anyway. You can see his signature,” Bayern’s former CEO said, noting Nagelsmann’s style is clearly visible on the pitch. All things considered, with the amount of football most of Bayern’s players have been playing in such a short window of time due to severe fixture congestion for both club and country, the unbeaten streak was always going to end at some point.