The Julian Nagelsmann era at Germany is not off to a great start. Eight months after his stint at Bayern Munich ended in abrupt chaos, Nagelsmann is already in the spotlight for his coaching methods at the national team as well — including from the players, per a sensational Bild report.
The German national team players feel that Julian Nagelsmann is acting as a club coach since he took over and wants to implement his own ideas of football, although he doesn’t have time for that with the national team. Some of the players are of the opinion that Nagelsmann has to reduce his ideas, training content, video analysis - and stand for more pragmatism. Nevertheless, the atmosphere in the team remains positive towards Nagelsmann. His tactical knowledge is beyond any doubts - but he simply ‘wants too much’, a clear line is missing and several players are playing out of position [@BILD]
Do the players feel this way or is this media speculation? Regardless the narrative is an obvious one. What did the DFB expect?
The video boards, the game-by-game changes and complexity, the detailed tactical instructions, delivered in super-fast speech. All of these were hallmarks of Nagelsmann’s time at Bayern.
If the DFB saw promise in Rudi Völler’s lone interim match back in charge — a surprise win over France in September after Hansi Flick’s sacking, when mentality took the front seat to tactics — it certainly did not act to further the trend.
In appointing Nagelsmann, Germany has hitched its wagon to the notion of advanced tactics and top-class footballing ideas and innovation carrying the way forward. After Hansi Flick — who embodied all of the same but still crashed out in the group stage at the last World Cup — was this really the right way to go?
Germany, and the world, will find out next summer.
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