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Lothar Matthäus thinks Bayern Munich’s Julian Nagelsmann needs to draw the best from Michael Cuisance, Bouna Sarr, and Marc Roca to win titles this season

Can Julian Nagelsmann use his magic touch on some struggling players?

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It has already been established that German legend Lothar Matthäus does not think Bayern Munich’s squad is deep enough for this season.

Matthäus, though, did admit that Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann could potentially help that issue — if he can squeeze the best out of Michael Cuisance, Bouna Sarr, and Marc Roca.

When asked about Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn’s recent comments praising his roster, Matthäus was not convinced.

“Oliver has to say that. If you are responsible for the team in the club, you can hardly say: ‘The squad is badly put together.’ Hansi Flick also made political statements last season. And of course Oliver knows what’s missing. But he can just as little address it openly as Hasan Salihamidzic, that would only drive up the prices for possible transfers,” Matthäus told Sport Bild. “If Julian isn’t a magician who can manage two or three players who didn’t play an important role under Hansi Flick — I’m thinking of Roca, Sarr, Cuisance — then the squad is definitely too thin and a threat to Bayern’s goals.”

Matthäus, though, thinks the thin depth chart could cause a lot of trouble for Nagelsmann over the course of the season.

“The first eleven plus the number twelve to 15 could win the Champions League. However, many players are not up to the triple or even quadruple load, including the travel strains and all the stress. Then there is the new structure that has to be found,” Matthäus said. “That certainly doesn’t make things any easier for Julian Nagelsmann. Hansi Flick had already emphasized last season that the breadth of the squad is not what he imagines.”