Bayern’s Nagelsmann knows trophies are a must as he seeks balance

Julian Nagelsmann, who has yet to win a trophy in men’s football, is aware he has to deliver immediately at Bayern Munich and sees the balance between defence and attack as key.

The 33-year-old is leaving RB Leipzig, who finished second in the Bundesliga, to join champions Bayern with Hansi Flick moving on to the Germany job.

“You have to be champions, win the German Cup, and you should also go far in the Champions League,” Nagelsmann told Sport Bild on Wednesday when asked about expectations at Bayern.

“This is a challenge I am ready to take on.”

Bayern won a ninth Bundesliga title in a row in the season just finished with Robert Lewandowski scoring a record 41 goals. But they had to fight back often after going behind and have lost defenders David Alaba, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez for next term.

Centre back Dayot Upamecano is joining Nagelsmann from Leipzig but there is still work to do.

“One of my main tasks will be to get the balance right between a stable defence and this incredibly good attack,” Nagelsmann added, saying he is particularly looking forward to “seeing the enormous quality of the players every day in training.”

“It is pure anticipation that I feel.”

Nagelsmann, who has a five-year contract with Bayern and is moving for a record coach’s fee of several million dollars, regrets that Bayern assistant Hermann Gerland has decided to leave.

“I told the club that I would like to bring two assistants and an analyst. But I never said that I didn’t have room for this or that member of staff or that someone wasn’t wanted. I have a very good relationship with Hermann,” he said.

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