If fans were shocked that Bayern Munich sacked Julian Nagelsmann last week, you can only imagine the surprise that the ex-manager got when he found out his fate through the media.
How blindsided was Nagelsmann? Probably more than anyone else — especially when reading the message he gave to players during a speech right before the team left for the international break.
Sport Bild journalists Christian Falk and Tobi Altschäffl captured those words (courtesy of @iMiaSanMia) and they seem to indicate that the native Bavarian was fully making plans to take on Borussia Dortmund in a battle for Bundesliga supremacy this weekend:
“We’ve put pressure on ourselves by ourselves. Everyone come back healthy from the international games — and then let’s knock Dortmund away!”
While he probably could have spiced things up with an F-bomb or two, it is clear that Nagelsmann was operating in a “business as usual” manner, while the club was already deep into its planning to fire him.
It’s a mad world...