Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich lost their first game under Julian Nagelsmann after Cologne beat them 3-2 in the pre-season friendly in Villingen. In April, Nagelsmann has agreed to a five-year contract as Bayern Munich head coach following a record deal that will make him the world’s most expensive manager with RB Leipzig receiving compensation that could rise to €25m (£21.7m).
RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano and ex-England U21 international left-back Omar Richards also made their debut in Bavarian colours during this game. Bayern has three more pre-season games lined up against Ajax, Borussia Monchengladbach, and Napoli before the DFB Pokal tie against Bremer SV. During halftime the significant check for those affected by the floods in Germany was handed over.
Armindo Sieb had a chance to smash home after seeing the loose ball from the right of the penalty spot to give Bayern the lead before Jan Thielmann leveled the score. Seven minutes after Thielmann’s impressive goal, Mark Uth volleys magnificently on the turn past Ulreich. The game was once again leveled following Joshua Zirkzee’s goal before Uth completed his brace and sealed the win for Cologne.
It wasn’t a good start for the Bavarian coach, who replaced Hansi Flick after leaving the club by the end of last season. Under Flick, Bayern recorded a historic treble last season, winning the Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB-Pokal. He also managed to win the sextuple with Bayern by winning the Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup, the first sextuple in the club’s history and second in Europe.
Nagelsmann, who will be Bayern’s fourth permanent coach since Guardiola left in June 2016, became the youngest permanent head coach in Bundesliga and in in a major European league history at the age of 28 when he was appointed as head coach of Hoffenheim, taking over from veteran tactician Huub Stevens, who resigned due to health reasons.
He later led them to third place finish the following season, making him the youngest coach of a Champions League match at 31-years old. In 2019, he moved to RB Leipzig and guided the club to third in the Bundesliga as well as the semi-finals of the Champions League, shortly after his 33rd birthday, making him the youngest coach to reach the final four since Didier Deschamps at 35-years-old.
In May, Bayern clinched its ninth consecutive Bundesliga title after second place RB Leipzig’s 3-2 defeat at Borussia Dortmund before thrashing Borussia Möenchengladbach 6-0 that put them 10 points clear with two games left to play. The Bavarians claimed their 31st German league title and their 30th Bundesliga crown, breaking their own record of having won more than three in a row.
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