Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann saw some good things — and areas for improvement — from his players during the squad’s 2-0 loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach.
“We defended much better in the first half than we did in the last few test matches. We wanted to put pressure on it earlier today and won the ball a lot. Gladbach didn’t have that many dangerous situations in the first half. But we didn’t get in front of goal enough,” Nagelsmann said (as captured by FCBayern.com). “We weren’t as active in the offensive third, but still had two or three good chances. At the beginning of the second half, we had two very good switching moments in which we couldn’t handle the ball and then got the goal against us shortly before the changes. In the end, there were again, a lot of young players on the field, including Gladbach.”
Nagelsmann said the sometimes frantic pace of the game was dictated by both teams making so many moves with personnel.
“There was a lot of back and forth and the structure was no longer there for both teams,” Nagelsmann remarked. “All the internationals are coming back now and we also have a few newcomers who have to be integrated. Of course, we have to start winning when the competitive matches start. We won’t be able to do so many new things at the beginning. That’s where we’ll have to and want to fall back on what the guys are familiar with, and then successively develop through everyday league play.”