In his latest column for German news portal T-Online (as captured by Abendzeitung), Bayern Munich legend and football pundit Stefan Effenberg says Julian Nagelsmann will be under heavy pressure to deliver immediate success at his new club.
According to ‘Cheffe’, high expectations will be placed on Nagelsmann, not only because he will succeed Hansi Flick, a sextuple-winning coach who has set the bar high for his successors, but also due to the fact that the current Leipzig trainer has cost Die Roten a record fee that could reportedly rise up to €25 million in order to obtain his services.
Here’s what Effe writes:
Nagelsmann wants to win titles, he has never made a secret of that. But there is a difference between wanting to win titles and having to win them. The latter is the case with FC Bayern. Here, I don’t get applause for a second place like I do at Hoffenheim or Leipzig. Nagelsmann is condemned to success. He certainly doesn’t want to be the first to miss out on the title after nine championships in a row. Yet one championship won’t even be enough. Hansi Flick has raised the bar even higher with his successes. Nagelsmann is measured by titles - especially on the international stage. All the more so because he cost his new club a world-record fee. Nagelsmann has never experienced this kind of pressure before.
Contrary to his previous clubs, the 33-year-old will now take over as the head coach of a highly-demanding, star-studded Bavarian team.
In Hoffenheim, Nagelsmann coached good players, in Leipzig very good ones. In Munich, however, he has to deal with superstars. With serial champions, Champions League winners, world champions, triple winners. This means that in future he will be working with almost ready-made players whom he will have to lead and train in a completely different way. Clearly, he must not allow himself to make any mistakes.
In addition to winning titles, Nagelsmann will be put under several constraints. While he was given free rein to implement his philosophy at Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig, Nagelsmann will have to mould his system to make it compatible for the current Bayern roster.
The Bavarians strive to play highly creative, possession-based attacking football and have a set formula. Taking drastic and bizarre actions, as history has proven, can result in dressing room disharmony and even a fallout with the squad. Here’s to hoping that Nagelsmann is as smart in his approach to managing players like Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski as he is with tactics.