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Bayern Munich Alumni: Lothar Matthäus ranks Julian Nagelsmann as Bundesliga’s best coach

Lothar Matthäus has no doubt who the best coach in the league.

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When it comes to assessing the coaches within the Bundesliga, German legend Lothar Matthäus has seen enough to know that he has seen too much.

The player-turned-pundit rates Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann as the league’s best, but also chimed in with a few surprises and disappointments (as captured by Sport Bild):

Matthäus, on the other hand, is very enthusiastic about two “new” coaches: Steffen Baumgart (49, Cologne) and Julian Nagelsmann (34, Bayern). On Baumgart, Matthäus says: “He has breathed life back into this team and the club. They believe in themselves, play courageously and are not afraid to make mistakes.” For Lothar, the grade 1.5!

Nagelsmann has brought the “Bayern machinery back to full speed”: “The way the team continues to play soccer under Nagelsmann is great, hungry, attractive and successful.” Grade: an even 1!

Matthäus also rates Bayer Leverkusen coach Gerardo Seoane highly:

HE is THE surprise for expert Matthäus: Leverkusen coach Gerardo Seoane (42)! Matthäus in his column: “I’m pretty surprised by him. He understood and accepted the league in a rush and gave Bayer Leverkusen a really great signature.”

The German record international is also enthusiastic about the Werkself’s style of play: “Fast, attractive soccer over the wings, a great center forward with chic and defensive structure, and stability that’s almost better than in the past.” Matthäus gives him a grade of 2.

As for a disappointment, Matthäus thinks Adi Hütter (51) is missing the mark:

The Austrian, who came from league rivals Eintracht Frankfurt before the season, is disappointing across the board, according to “Sky” pundit Matthäus. “What Borussia and its coach have offered so far is absolutely not Gladbach-like. What the club stands for is totally missing. Above all, there is a lack of exciting offensive soccer, many chances, goals, speed, passion. There is virtually nothing of all that to be seen so far.” A clear verdict! And that can also be seen in the standings.