Julian Nagelsmann insists he doesn’t get carried away after receiving praise from Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn for his positive start as the club’s manager.
Nagelsmann took over from Hansi Flick in the preseason and presided over nine wins in 10 appearances in all competitions, with Borussia MÃ¶nchengladbach the only team to avoid defeat to new Bayern in the draw on Day 1 of the campaign. Bundesliga 2021-22.
Bayern have amassed 16 points in their opening six league games, their highest total at this point in the season since 2016-17 (also 16 points), while only Ottmar Hitzfeld (1998) and Otto Rehhagel (1995, all two 18 points) ever did. racked up more than their first six Bundesliga games with Die Roten.
On top of that, the champions have scored 23 times, more than any other Bayern manager in their first six league games in charge and an improved total once (24, last season) in club history.
Kahn’s praise came after Bayern beat Dynamo Kiev 5-0 in the Champions League, with the former goalkeeper applauding Nagelsmann for making progress in his quest to improve the team’s defense without affecting them negatively.
“It’s always nice to hear positive things, even better when it’s internal,” he said at a press conference ahead of Sunday’s Bundesliga clash with Eintracht Frankfurt.
âYou have to categorize things to understand them. I have hired an exceptional team that does a lot of things on their own.
âThe influence of a coach is always smaller in such a big club. You try to bring your own things, but we haven’t turned it all upside down.
“I am neither surprised nor disappointed. Progress and a ‘mark’ should be visible quickly.”
Marcel Sabitzer followed Nagelsmann to Bayern from RB Leipzig, although his impact in Bavaria was far less spectacular, with the Austrian playing just 107 minutes in all competitions.
But Nagelsmann is calm about the situation, adamant Sabitzer didn’t expect to step straight into a regular role.
“He barely trained in preparation because he had problems with his adductors. He has to find his way first. It’s completely normal,” said Nagelsmann.
“He will have his working time, from the start [of matches]. We have a very stable construction. He’s a great player, but he didn’t come here hoping to play every game from the start. “
Frankfurt are yet to win a league game under new boss Oliver Glasner, as they have suffered more top-flight defeats and conceded more goals against Bayern than any other team, although Nagelsmann thinks that history counts for nothing.
“Basically, I’m not interested, I read it briefly,” he said. “You can never buy anything from the past. It’s about expanding the stats tomorrow and not thinking too much about the past.”