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Franz Beckenbauer thinks Bayern Munich’s veterans could test Julian Nagelsmann

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Der Kaiser wants to see how Julian Nagelsmann will manage Bayern Munich’s star players.

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Franz Beckenbauer was a fan of Bayern Munich’s hiring of RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann to take over for Hansi Flick.

Beckenbauer, though, knows the dynamics of how thinks work on Säbener Straße and understands that Nagelsmann is going to need time to adjust to his new surroundings and also learn how to best deal with the team’s veteran players.

“It is clear that the team will test him. That’s the way it is. He knows that. He has to be prepared for it,” said Beckenbauer to Sport Bild (as captured by Abendzeitung).

Beckenbauer, though, likes that each of Nagelsmann’s teams have had a direct look and feel — a “signature” that the squads were impacted by their manager.

“That is very important when you judge the qualification of a coach. That is already an advantage. Bayern made a good choice. Definitely,” Beckenbauer said.

As for Flick, Beckenbauer actually thinks it was best for the 56-year-old to leave Bayern Munich — simply because of how hard it would have been to repeat his sextuple-winning effort.

“A separation may be sensible. The successes that Hansi has had cannot be repeated. You cannot be that successful again. So it is better for both sides to separate,” said Der Kaiser.