Three Big Bundesliga Manager Shifts: How Will They Stamp Their Mark?
Amid all the managerial changes in the Bundesliga, now is an ideal opportunity to look at three of the most high profile appointments in Germany’s top flight and how they’ll stamp their mark on their respective new clubs.
Julian Nagelsmann to Bayern Munich
The standout appointment so far has been young coaching hotshot Julian Nagelsmann, who made the switch from RB Leipzig to the champion Bayern Munich side. Nagelsmann is tactically flexible and astute at tailoring his tactics depending on the opposition. At just 33 years of age, he’s already proven what a shrewd tactician he is during his spells at Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig and now gets his shot at a genuine powerhouse club.
Without possession, it’ll be expected that his Bayern team will press high with plenty of vigor in an attempt to regain possession high up the pitch. Nagelsmann is so good at coaching his teams to respond to triggers and curving their pressure to use their cover shadows to block passing lanes behind them – these aspects have been crucial towards his tactical approach.
Nagelsmann teams excel at shifting across to hem in opponents to use the touchline as an extra defender, and no matter what animation he’s implementing, his sides do this effectively. It’s also important to note how his teams immediately counterpress upon losing possession, with the aim to immediately regain possession to attack again. Organised, and an expert at getting his message across to his players, the fact his RB Leipzig currently have the best defence in the Bundesliga is a testament to his prowess in this regard.
On top of using their harrying and counter-pressing as chance creators, Nagelsmann’s offensive mechanics have been littered with upside to unlock opponents. Whether building in a 4-4-2, 4-2-2-2, 3-1-5-1, 3-1-4-2 or 3-4-1-2, he’ll maintain his desire of passing out from the back strategically.
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