Julian Nagelsmann did not spare himself on the eve of Bayer Leverkusen-Bayern Monaco. The Bavarian coach revealed in the press conference the existence of a mole close to the team who would be divulging tactical information to the opponents: “If the person who transmits this information wants to hurt me, then so be it but it also damages every single player”.
An innocuous press conference that was thought to mainly focus on the Champions League draw that saw the Bayern Monaco drawn against Manchester City in the quarter-finals, it turned into anything but. Julian Nagelsman he did not spare himself on the eve of the match that the Bavarians will have to play at Bayer Leverkusen. The 35-year-old coach of the renowned German club begins with a consideration that surprises everyone present: “Moles are protected species – He says – Every time you drive through the Bavarian countryside, you see 80,000 moles and can’t get rid of them. The search for the mole is therefore very complicated.”
It immediately seemed to everyone that it was an allusion to something much bigger that the Bayern coach soon explained without sparing himself or filtering: “I am annoyed – he said at the press conference – I think about it a lot because I think about what the person who is transmitting it does with this information. What does he hope? I always try to find out what the motivation is.” A mole he’s broadcasting classified information about the team outside. It is not clear whether it is a player or staff member, but definitely someone close to the team. So this is Nagelsmann’s thesis expressed in the press conference and reported by the ‘Bild’. The coach has made it known that he is very upset by this story and he is making things clear to reveal his identity to everyone.
“It’s always important for me to be able to look in the mirror at night, treat my players and my fellow coaches well – added the Bayern coach again – Sti hope this person is also not able to look in the mirror because its not fair. These are things I’ve thought about for years. How I build my ideas, how I try to prepare the players.” Some details of Nagelsmann’s tactical schemes would in fact have ended up on social networks and others in the hands of the opponents. The technician explains specifically what happened: “There was no training form published, it was the schedule for the match against Bochum – continues – This is not the base, so we can’t be deciphered now. I’m not worried about that.”
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However, the tactical notes showed Nagelsmann’s basic forms of play, how the outside players (Nagelsmann calls them “jokers”) on the right and left side should behave with and without the ball, how the three defenders should behave when there is a lot pressing and how balls coming out of defense should be played when there is a lot of pressure from the opposition. That’s why he is annoyed by the effect it can have on opponents and the advantages it can give them: “That doesn’t necessarily make life easier for players – he explained again – There were three or four still images, so it’s easier for opponents to analyze and choose some things. If the person transmitting this information wants to harm me, then so be it but it also hurts every single player.”