Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann wants a quick clarification in goalkeeper poker.
"We would like to have a decision, in whatever direction," said the coach of the German record champions before the Bundesliga restart on Friday (8.30 p.m. / Sat.1 and DAZN) at RB Leipzig. "It's normal that at some point you want the necessary rest in the position and it doesn't go in forever."
The league leaders from Munich want to sign Yann Sommer (34) from Borussia Mönchengladbach to replace Manuel Neuer (36), who will be injured until the end of the season. The clubs gamble on the transfer fee. "It's always advisable if you have a solution for the first competitive game," said Nagelsmann on Wednesday. He himself does not yet know what this will look like. Behind Neuer, Bayern only have one more experienced goalkeeper in Sven Ulreich (34).
"Brazzo (Sports Director Hasan Salihamidzic), Oli (CEO Oliver Kahn), Marco Neppe (Technical Director) always work summer and winter on ways to strengthen the squad, and that's still the case," said the Munich coach amused.
According to Nagelsmann, a new goalkeeper can quickly coordinate with the people in front of him. "About 15 minutes," said the Bayern coach about the duration. Of course, it also depends on the goalkeeper and his style of play. "It's definitely not rocket science, what you have to study for six months."
Duel with RB "important game"
Nagelsmann attaches great importance to the Bundesliga restart. "It's an important game, table-wise too," said Nagelsmann. The people of Leipzig are "certainly a main competitor for the championship" and have also been "undefeated for ages". The league leaders from Munich are currently six points ahead of the team coached by Marco Rose.
"If we win the game, it's not completely groundbreaking or decisive, but nine points would be a good cushion on such a good team," said Nagelsmann about the third-placed Bundesliga player. In the event of a defeat, Bayern Munich would be “much more under pressure”.
The recently injured Matthijs de Ligt and Leon Goretzka are fit, and Kingsley Coman is also in full force, as Nagelsmann reported.