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Julian Nagelsmann praises FC Viktoria Plzeň's strong second half vs. Bayern Munich

Bayern won the day, but lost the second half 0-2. What gives?

Viktoria Plzen v FC Bayern München: Group C - UEFA Champions League Photo by S. Mellar/FC Bayern via Getty Images

Bayern Munich stormed to a 4-0 lead over FC Viktoria Plzeň at half time, but then allowed the Czech club to score two goals in the second half to get the final score to 4-2. What was the reason for Bayern allowing Plzeň back into the game?

Coach Julian Nagelsmann has two reasons for this (via @iMiaSanMia): Plzeň were much better after the break, and Bayern were maybe thinking ahead to Sunday’s match against SC Freiburg in the Bundesliga.

Viktoria Plzen v FC Bayern München: Group C - UEFA Champions League Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Speaking of the Bundesliga, one of its former players in Jan Kliment (formerly of VfB Stuttgart) did well against the Bavarians. “Kliment did very well in front. I liked him back in the Bundesliga”, Nagelsmann said. “Certainly in the second half he made a difference, he was very active and made it difficult for our defense.

“We of course changed a little bit and needed to...that’s normal. It’s also normal that we have Sunday on our minds, after being up 4-0 at the break.”

Nagelsmann also tipped his hat to Plzeň for at least giving the fans something to cheer about despite their poor Champions League result.

“We can give them a compliment that they have a good team, and even though they were down 0-4 they still offered something for their fans”, said Nagelsmann. “In the end, I think it wasn’t too bad an experience for their fans today.”

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