Was sacking Julian Nagelsmann a right decision?
Bayern Munich suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City last night. The game was the first Champions League game after Thomas Tuchel took over from Julian Nagelsmann, with the sacking of the latter being a shock for not only the pundits but also the fans.
Nagelsmann, despite having quite a shaky season in terms of the Bundesliga, was doing quite well with the team at the Champions League, winning all 8 games this season with only two goals conceded, a record of unprecedented nature for the Bayern team, who have often suffered in terms of defensive prowess in the last few seasons.
Julian Nagelsmann was the first Bayern manager in a long time who got all the reinforcements he asked for, with the last transfer window being the most significant in Bayern's history.
However, the bosses felt he didn't do enough with such a star-studded lineup, ultimately leading to his sacking. The sacking came at a crucial time of the season for Bayern, and it's directly responsible for Bayern's humiliating performance against Manchester City last night.
Thomas Tuchel, although known as a manager who gives the utmost importance to defense, had a relatively short period before acclimatizing, and this was visible in the last game with Dayot Upamecano, who has been one of the rocks of the team under Julian Nagelsmann, being responsible for two of the goals that Manchester City scored.
The team also couldn't extract the best of Jamal Musiala, the German wonder kid who has been making headlines this season with his sublime performance, as he seemed quite isolated and didn't find quite the support that he needed for Tuchel's defensive organization. It differs significantly from that of Nagelsmann and to which Kimmich and Goretzka have still not adapted themselves. Bayern's attack up front was equally clueless, with Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry squandering a few opportunities.
It's no secret that the Bayern board has quite an issue with managers who do not comply with their exact requirements, and Nagelsmann has not been an exception to this rule. But the timing of this decision has been something that has affected Bayern the most, as it came only two weeks before the crucial match against arguably the most in-form team in the world. It is also quite unlikely that Bayern will turn the situation around after trailing like this in the second leg.