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Bayern Munich Alumni: Patrik Andersson touts Niklas Süle and Dayot Upamecano as future of backline

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Could Niklas Süle be headed for a resurgence under Julian Nagelsmann?

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Former Bayern Munich defender Patrik Andersson thinks one of the biggest things Julian Nagelsmann can do to make a quick impact at Bayern Munich is to establish a stable central defense.

Andersson identified two players who he thinks can anchor the center-back corps moving forward: Niklas Süle and Dayot Upamecano.

”It is important that there is clarity right from the start with regard to the starting lineup, especially in the center of defense. The goalkeeper and center back must be set. You need absolute continuity right from the start,” Andersson told Bild. “I like the center-back duo of Niklas Süle and Dayot Upamecano. I hold Süle in very high regard, he was very consistent before his injury, and he’s very fast despite his height. When calmness sets in, all players grow. But if the starting lineup changes every time, you always have to start from the beginning. It’s also crucial for success that Nagelsmann wins the dressing room from day one.”

Nagelsmann is reportedly considering a back-three based formation as well, which could thrust one central defender into the mix. Andersson did not comment who would be his next choice.