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“Never the same game” twice: Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann explains tactical approach

Stick with one style or change according to the opponent? The former Bayern manager is a big believer in the latter.

Austria v Germany - International Friendly Photo by Markus Gilliar - GES Sportfoto/Getty Images

Former Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann has sometimes been accused of being too big a personality and too much of a tinkerer for a coach. But if you ask him, that is hardly the case.

Instead it is a team-centric approach that demands a lot out of his players — and recognizes that a team’s football must adapt to the changing situations before it.

“It’s never Nagelsmann, it’s always the team that I’m part of,” Nagelsmann said (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). ”In my coaching staff our idea is that we never play the same game and that there should be a certain healthy variability. (Before the Austria match) we had the fourth real training session together. It’s obvious there’s not much that can be changed. But the players have the ability to introduce a certain amount of variability depending on the opponent.”

Nagelsmann said this between Germany’s two November friendlies, against Turkey and Austria. They were certainly two different games, but both resulted in defeat, each worse than the last.

Though it is still early in Nagelsmann’s tenure, time is running out until EURO 2024 kicks off in July. And Nagelsmann and Germany clearly have a long, long way to go.

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