Julian Nagelsmann believes that Bayern Munich’s season will be judged by their performance at home Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday last 16 Champions League matches.
Speaking after his team returned to the Bundesliga with a 2-1 win at Stuttgart, Nagelsmann said he hoped the “method and style” of the game was more important than the result.
“To me, fashion and style are important. how to see the season,” said the Bayern coach.
Bayern is currently on a 10 Bundesliga title streak but their success means results in Europe are very important to the Bavarian capital.
Speaking to German broadcaster Sky, Nagelsmann explained what he told the team when he locked the doors to the lounge after the win.
“I told them that on Wednesday we have a very important game and we need to be strong.
“They are a very difficult team to beat – they are one of the best teams in Europe.”
Bayern veteran Thomas Mueller told Sky that the tough game against Stuttgart is the perfect preparation for Wednesday’s match against the French champions.
“It is not surprising that a Bundesliga game can be very tight, on Wednesday, it will be like that from the beginning.”
Bayern have won seven out of seven in the Champions League this season.
At the beginning of Saturday, a Union Berlin missed an opportunity to connect Bayern with Dortmund, to play without a point at home against Cologne.
Union Fischer singled out goalkeeper Frederik Ronnow for special praise, telling Sky: “Cologne were more dangerous… we can thank our goalkeeper for keeping us in the game .”
The result, the Union’s third 0-0 draw in their last five games, saw the Berliners drop to five behind Bayern, sitting in third place.
Freiburg missed a chance to beat RB Leipzig in the Champions League, drawing 0-0 at Borussia Moenchengladbach.
France’s Marcus Thuram won Gladbach’s second-half penalty but the kick was overturned by VAR, which failed to make enough contact with the forward’s foot.
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