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Julian Nagelsmann was pleased with his team’s efforts despite Bayern Munich losing 2-1 at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach in the first Bundesliga match after the winter break.
An excellent opener from Robert Lewandowski – who was nominated for the award for best FIFA men’s player 2021 earlier Friday – was canceled before the break by Foals duo Florian Neuhaus and Stefan Lainer, where the league leaders were unable to respond in the second half .
Bayern were without a number of key players through COVID-19 and injuries, including Manuel Neuer, Lucas Hernandez, Dayot Upamecano, Leon Goretzka, Alphonso Davies, Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane, but Nagelsmann still believed his team deserved something from the match.
After the defeat, the 34-year-old told reporters: “We were actually closer to winning than Gladbach was.
“Given the situation, we did very well in the first 25 minutes, we should have been up with more. The way we collected the equalizer was complete madness, I do not know why we would do it like that in the field, and then we closed from another set piece.
“In the second half we played decently and had plenty of chances. Unlike in the cup match, we did not deserve to lose today.”
Although Nagelsmann was still able to designate a relatively strong starting lineup, Bayern’s bench was virtually unrecognizable, filled with youngsters, including debutant Paul Wanner.
At the age of 16 years and 15 days, Wanner’s introduction in the 75th minute made him the second youngest player in Bundesliga history, after only Borussia Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko (16 years, 1 day), and Nagelsmann was overwhelmed by his praise of teenagers.
“He is an incredible talent, very fast and very brave,” said the former Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig coach. He immediately took hold [Breel] Embolo and continued to dribble in his first action. Physically, he is not bad either. But he must remain grounded and clear in his head, then the doors will be open to him. “
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Bayern were beaten 5-0 by Gladbach in the DFB-Pokal earlier in the season, and Nagelsmann had expressed a desire for revenge prior to the match, but instead Adi Hutter only increased his impressive record against the young German coach.
Hutter and Nagelsmann have now met each other eight times as resistance coaches in the Bundesliga, and no one has won as often in the top match against Nagelsmann as the Gladbach boss (W4 D3 L1).
The former Eintracht Frankfurt coach praised the intensity of his team and said after the victory: “Huge compliments to the team for coming back that way and winning in Munich. When the intensity is high, you have a good chance of winning, and we showed that Today.
“Of course Bayern could have equalized, but my team played well. They implemented what we trained.”