Julian Nagelsmann went unbeaten in his first ten competitive games as leader of Bayern Munich, winning nine of those games. That record has the strongest start a Bayern manager has ever had in their first ten games, although the series ended with the 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt just before the international break. Still, Nagelsmann has so far exceeded expectations in a season that has seen some initial injuries and a majority of Bayern’s side have not had a good pre-season due to the European Championship.
Speaking about Bayern at the German football ambassador’s awards ceremony in Berlin earlier this month, former CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge noted that Nagelsmann has made a “very good start” at Bayern. At Germany’s most successful club, of course, the pressure will always be high, and the manager never really gets off his seat until silver comes in abundance with a positive football brand. Add to that the transfer fee Bayern paid to take over Nagelsmann from rivals RB Leipzig, and the pressure was much greater on the 34-year-old who previously managed Leipzig and TSG Hoffenheim.
With a record of 9 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw from Bayern’s first 11 matches, the hinrunde is certainly lit some of the pressure on Nagelsmann’s as it is vital for Bayern managers to get off to a good start. “At Bayern Munich it is important that you make a good start, that makes it a bit easier,” emphasizes Rummenigge. Nagelsmann made it clear when he first took charge of the club that he won’t be phased by all the extra pressure that comes with leading the ranks at Bayern, and that’s how he’s let his side play this until now. season leaves little room to argue that they won’t push for titles on all three fronts.
Even with the unfortunate loss to Frankfurt breaking Nagelsmann and Bayern’s undefeated streak, Rummenigge doesn’t feel it was a lack of positive play from Bayern. “I think the team played very, very good football anyway. You can see his signature,” said the former Bayern CEO, noting that Nagelsmann’s style is clearly visible on the pitch. football that most Bayern players have played in such a short period of time due to severe congestion from both the club and the country would always end the unbeaten run.