Barcelona have hit rock bottom as Bayern Munich beat them eight in Champions League humiliation


RLeipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann is already the toast of European training after becoming the youngest manager to reach the Champions League semi-finals following Thursday’s 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid.While the ambitious 33-year-old has already exceeded expectations in his debut season at Leipzig, Nagelsmann looks forward to next week’s semi-final meeting with Paris St Germain, coached by fellow German Thomas Tuchel.

“The games against Thomas are always very interesting,” Nagelsmann said. “Because he has a really good idea of ​​how to play football. I hope I also come up with a good idea against him and that my boys play like they did against Atletico. ”

“Then we’ll play a really good game,” Nagelsmann said.

Tuchel, 46, is older and he had briefly coached Nagelsmann as a player in the Augsburg reserve 13 years ago before injury cut his playing career and he became a scout there for the current one. PSG coach.

Tuchel also represents the new generation of German coaches, who have emerged over the past decade, with their meticulous planning, focus on tactics and all mental aspects of the game.

Nagelsmann and Tuchel show the extent of German training behind Liverpool Champions League winner Juergen Klopp, with Germany potentially delivering three of the four coaches in the semi-finals if Hansi BrowseBayern Munich also passed Barcelona later on Friday.

Nagelsmann’s ideas against Atletico paid off and killed any offensive impulses from the Spaniards, neutralizing their bigger weapons with flexible and hard-working defense, and finding the spaces to strike at the right time.

One indicator of Leipzig’s game plan was the fact that it was not Tyler Adams, Leipzig’s 88th-minute scorer, but defender Dayot Upamecano who was voted man of the match.

“I played as a coach against him a lot but rarely won,” Nagelsmann said of his record against Tuchel during their time in the Bundesliga.


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