Nagelsmann amused by critics of his pre-Bayern CV

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Padraig Whelan

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New Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann admitted he’s tickled by those who feel he doesn’t have the silverware required to step up to the big job in Bavaria.

Still just 33, he has coached at Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig before making the move to Bayern this summer after Hansi Flick’s exit.

And in an interview with kicker, he admitted he’s well aware of those who are critical of his CV not having enough success on it to justify such a move.

“I think it’s funny when people say ‘oh, he’s going to Bayern without having won any titles’,” Nagelsmann stated.

“I wasn’t coaching Real Madrid or Barcelona. If I ended my career without winning any titles, I wouldn’t be sad to death but it would be nice to have titles.

“But when my career is finished, I don’t just want people to say I was a good coach. I’d like them to say he was a good person. The coach is forgotten faster than how the man acted towards his players.”

The new Bayern boss also gave an early insight into how he’s planning to plug the defensive gaps that saw the side concede 44 times last season.

“Statistically, Bayern were 17th in the league for chances created through counters so we need to be more active in our counter-pressing,” he explained.

“We have to put pressure on the man on the ball and tighten the spaces in behind. When we’re not pressuring the ball, we can’t set offside traps and when our press doesn’t work, we must defence the space behind us.”