The first title “after Lewandowski”: FC Bayern does not need a muddy fight

“Not true,” FC Bayern has reportedly said, Robert Lewandowski is sending the accusation to Munich. As a result, the new Catalan becomes the subject of his former club’s triumph in the Super Cup. Julian Nagelsmann tries to moderate the escalation – and the departure is almost imperceptible in sports anyway.

Julian Nagelsmann did not want to escalate the conflict further and therefore chose reassuring words. With Sadio Mané, who is both a goal scorer and an offensive asset in his competitive game for FC Bayern, the Munich side is “a bit more difficult to quantify,” said the coach of the record-breaking champions and the old and new Super Cup winners 5-3. (3: 0) success in the cup winners in Leipzig. “That doesn’t have to mean we’re more successful,” added the 35-year-old. A restriction that should also be understood as a type of room offer for Robert Lewandowski.

The seven-time top scorer in the Bundesliga has joined FC Barcelona in the meantime, but of course he cannot finish Bayern. “Some” called him “nonsense,” Lewandowski added in an interview with ESPN, and “they weren’t telling the truth.” Repeating his frequently spoken request for a change and the hesitation of those in charge in Munich until the transfer fee offered by Barça reaches the desired level has apparently destroyed a relationship that has been so successful for so long, lasting, and perhaps even destroyed it.

Leipzig – Bayern 3: 5 (0: 3)

Leipzig: Gulacsi – Simakan (79th Novoa), Orban, Halstenberg – Klostermann, Laimer, Kampl (52nd Olmo), Henrichs – Szoboszlai (90 + 1 Haidara), Forsberg (52nd Silva) – Nkunku. – Coach: Tedesco
Munich: Neuer – Pavard (78th Mazraoui), Upamecano (78th de Ligt), Hernandez, Davies – Kimmich, Sabitzer – Müller (68th Gravenberch), Musiala (60th) Coman – Gnabry (78th Sané), Mané. – Coach: Nagelsmann
Judge: Robert Schroeder (Hannover)
Gates: 0-1 Musiala (14 ‘), 0-2 Mané (31’), 0-3 Pavard (45 ‘), 1-3 Halstenberg (59’), 1-4 Gnabry (66 ‘), 2-4 Nkunku ( 77th, penalty), 3: 4 Olmo (89th), 3: 5 Sané (90th + 8th)
Viewers: 47,069 (sold out, in Leipzig)
Yellow cards: Simakan, Klostermann – Kimmich, Hernandez, Sané, Neuer

“My father taught me,” Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić told Bild in response to Lewandowski’s allegations that “when you leave, you never close the door with your butt. Robert is on the right track, that’s exactly what to do. It was before the start of the Super Cup, when there was still the question of whether and how the loss of the two-time world player would be seen in the first game after his departure. 90 minutes in Leipzig will certainly not be enough for the final evaluation – but they indicate that FC Bayern can do without the classic finalist.

Nagelsmann praises Mané

Five goals against one of the country’s strongest contenders is an announcement. Sadio Mané scored twice as many, but the assistant referee’s flag soared up to correctly place the flag in offside. A few centimeters were short of recognition, and the African footballer of the year would fit in a hat-trick at FC Bayern. “He’s very good to us,” later praised Nagelsmann, the 30-year-old, who had “exceptional quality” and was “an outstanding guy.”

In an interview with Sky Mané, he presented himself with polite modesty, which he was repeatedly attested to. He feels well received by the new team and is enjoying his first title at the new club. The Senegalese man is not a man of big words, who explained his trip to Munich to Liverpool FC fans in a 15-minute interview, in which comments include hymns of praise. “He goes about his transfer without drama, no circus,” he says of “a true Liverpool legend”. They would like to keep him, but they do not want to deny him their desire for a new challenge.

Nagelsmann has a similar impression after the first few weeks of working together. Mané is “just a modest, down-to-earth and outstanding player,” said the coach after his convincing debut in the competition, “who defends very well, works hard and pushes the boys into the dressing room.” If the fine-tuning is added with match practice, the gap left by Lewandowski’s departure could be filled faster than expected. Not with the classic center forward, but with the agile striker who was responsible for Bayern’s five goals against Leipzig, scored by five different scorers.

Lewandowski says he doesn’t want to talk about it

Mané gives his team “volatility,” said Nagelsmann, who was clearly trying to smooth the waves in a public debate with Lewandowski that resembled mud fights at times. “You don’t have to yield in any way,” the Bayern coach said, especially towards his employer. Lewandowski “has played brilliantly here for eight years – with an amazing number of goals. He also scored almost 40 goals during my term of office. ” Rather than escalating the conflict further, one should “be eternally grateful to Lewy.”

Time will tell whether this advice will be applied to Säbener Straße. By the way, the two-time world football player leaves open what specific incidents with Lewandowski provoke such persistent anger. “He didn’t want to talk about what exactly happened,” he told ESPN, repeatedly speaking about what happened or letting people around him speak. There are many indications that after a long and successful relationship, the process of processing this ugly separation will continue.

While Salihamidžić announced an explanatory conversation with Joan Laporta, the stubborn president of FC Barcelona Nagelsmann after diplomatic words about the past (Lewandowski) preferred to look to the future of FC Bayern. “It was a world class,” said Jamal Musial, who scored 1-0 against Leipzig himself, started 2-0 with a great defense pass and scored 3-0 after 1-2 with a perfect dribbling. prepared that Benjamin Pavard would only have to squeeze in. And thus it also contributed to the fact that the absence of Robert Lewandowski was not a problem, at least in terms of sports.

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