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“Not a third time!” Julian Nagelsmann on Bayern Munich’s dismal DFB-Pokal streak

One competition Bayern can’t seem to shake their demons in...

FC Bayern München v Sport-Club Freiburg - Bundesliga Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Not again...

Bundesliga? Check. Champions League? No big deal. But when it comes to the DFB-Pokal, well, that’s one competition that has had Bayern Munich’s number. The Bavarian champions can’t seem to get out of the second round — suffering two iniquitous defeats in the last two years in round two — and to advance this time, they’ll need to defeat fellow Bavarian club FC Augsburg.

Who, did we mention, have beaten Bayern this season already?

One man not ready to consign his team to another knockout is manager Julian Nagelsmann.

“That should definitely not happen to us a third time,” he said in the pre-game presser (via @iMiaSanMia). “We have the ambition to win the Pokal. So we have to win against Augsburg tomorrow, that’s our job.”

Should he succeed, he’ll need to do so without some his most trusted veterans. Bayern’s depth is being put to a stern test, as all three tens — Leroy Sané, Thomas Müller, and Jamal Musiala — are in the midst of some recovery situation or another. This has Tz speculating Serge Gnabry to fill the playmaker’s spot in tomorrow’s 4-2-3-1.

Whatever the case, it’s time to put recent memories to bed. Hansi Flick’s nightmare against Holstein Kiel, and Nagelsmann’s smashing at the hands of, please, not again. It’s time for a new chapter.

Interested in more Bayern Munich content? Check out our detailed Augsburg preview along with analysis of the win over SC Freiburg and a major question about Robert Lewandowski in the latest episode of our podcast. Listen to it below or on Spotify.

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