Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann has yet to make a decision on who should stop former top scorer Robert Lewandowski. “I’m clear in many positions, not yet in central defence,” Nagelsmann said ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League group game (9pm/Prime Video) against FC Barcelona.
Lucas Hernandez is playing “safe” but Nagelsmann is still torn between Dayot Upamecano and Matthijs de Ligt. Nagelsmann said he would “sleep at night” again. But what speaks for Upamecano is that “he often played well against Lewy, also in Leipzig”.
In any case, Marcel Sabitzer will play next to Joshua Kimmich in front of the defense. “Marseille has grit and power,” Nagelsmann said. Goretzka played in the 2-2 win over Stuttgart after a long injury layoff, “after such a long time he feels the tension. We have to control that we still have something from him.”
Munich are under pressure against Barcelona after their last three league draws. However, he “wasn’t a friend to talk about an innovative game. Of course, it’s an important game, a good position decision against a top team. But it’s not decisive,” said the Bayern coach. Thomas Müller, on the other hand, highlighted the importance of the group as “very important” on Monday: “It would be a statement and a giant step.”
Meanwhile, following Bayern’s positive result against the Catalans, Nagelsmann warned of a “different Barcelona. They have a completely different spirit. The counter-press is reminiscent of the days when Xavi played by himself. The last duels can be deleted from the hard drive”.