Once the international break is over, Bayern Munich are set for one of the main fixtures of the calendar year — a visit east to face RB Leipzig. This year, the game is expected to be even more heated than previous ones, since Bayern signed two of Leipzig’s key players as well as their coach over the course of the summer window.
Julian Nagelsmann realizes that his Leipzig homecoming won’t be particularly pleasant, given the manner in which he left the club. The 34-year-old coach elaborated on his feelings in an online QandA session with Bayern fans, which was captured by AZ.
“I’m a little bit worried that the Leipzig fans won’t receive me quite as joyfully because they didn’t understand the switch that way,” Nagelsmann said. “I hope the whistles from the Leipzig fans are kept to a minimum.”
Getting booed by away fans is nothing new for a coach. Hertha Berlin fans once spat on Carlo Ancelotti, and Eintracht Frankfurt fans once posted a disgraceful banner about Jupp Heynckes. Now that he’s at Bayern, Nagelsmann will have to get used to it. Given that Leipzig just lost both Upamecano and Sabitzer to the Bavarians, you could hardly expect them to give the team a warm reception. Fans will be fans — for a coach it’s just another part of the job.