Dino Toppmöller filled in for Julian Nagelsmann during Bayern Munich’s 4-0 victory over Benfica.
The 40-year-old is normally Nagelsmann’s assistant coach, but was called into duty when the head coach fell ill.
Needless to say, Toppmöller was making his case to be Wally Pipp.
“It was a lot of fun, a huge compliment to the guys. It’s certainly not easy when the head coach is out so shortly before kickoff,” Toppmöller said (as captured by Tz). “Xaver (Zembrod) and I probably have to make a new debut now. I think there’s probably some Leberkäse and a beer here in Munich.”
Over the course of the match, though, Nagelsmann could not help himself and decided to “phone a friend.”
“You could see that Julian was ill but still clear-headed. We were in contact with Julian, that’s why we brought Serge on there. Well done, Julian,” Toppmöller said of the decision to bring on Serge Gnabry.
In the end, though, it was still Toppmöller leading the way and earning the victory from the coaching box.
“We already had chances in the first half and it was bitter that Lewy’s goal didn’t count. Then Manu showed once again that he is the best keeper in the world. It’s nice that Leroy hits the free kicks so well, he always practices that in final training,” Toppmöller said.