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Bayern Munich’s Dayot Upamecano needs to “change his defensive style a bit” per Julian Nagelsmann

Dayot Upamecano will need to adjust his game against certain players.

FC Bayern München v TSG Hoffenheim - Bundesliga Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

If there was one Bayern Munich plyer who found himself under a bit of fire after the team’s crushing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Borussia Mönchengladbach in the DFB-Pokal, it was center-back Dayot Upamecano.

Upamecano had, perhaps, his worst game wearing a Bayern Munich kit and had to be subbed off as his struggles only seemed to be getting worse before Dino Toppmöller mercifully pulled him from the match.

Julian Nagelsmann, who watch the game from his kitchen data center, know Upmecano well from his RB Leipzig days and thinks the defender is going to have to change his approach against certain players.

“When he plays against opponents like (Gladbach’s Breel) Embolo, who are fast and physically strong themselves, he has to change his defensive style a bit,” said Nagelsmann during his weekly press conference (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia). “He’s a smart guy. He has to adapt to the style of his opponent. He’s a young player and he will learn.”

Upamecano’s struggles against Embolo were one of the major talking points after the match. Given the Frenchman’s status on the Bayern Munich squad, Upamecano will need to get his game sorted out quickly. Lucas Hernandez and Niklas Süle are too good to have one sitting on the bench if Upamecano falls into a slump.

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