Interview with Bayern coach: Nagelsmann talks openly about his father’s death
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- In an interview, Julian Nagelsmann provides deep insight into his private life.
- The Bayern coach talks about personal preferences, his perfectionism, his risk of burnout and the consequences of his father’s death.
Before FC Bayern’s second quarter-final in the Champions League against FC Villarreal, which can be seen exclusively on Prime Video, moderator Sebastian Hellmann met Julian Nagelsmann for a bike ride. The Munich coach commented on his dream players, burnout and his late father.
Bayern coach Nagelsmann on his father’s death: “These are sad moments”
Julian Nagelsmann about it …
.… How his father’s death still preoccupies him today:
What worries me the most is that my dad never found out I was becoming a coach. Neither in his youth nor in the professional field and then of course at the age of 34 as Bayern Munich coach. Back then, he still said, stop studying sports, do something solid, stop going into sports. If you just want to work out in the gym, it will not satisfy you. When I said I wanted to be a coach, he said it would be hard at my age. The fact that he does not notice that I am now the coach of Bayern Munich, these are moments, like the Champions League semi-finals with Leipzig, you walk into a stadium and wish your father sat upstairs and is happy and proud. These are sad moments.
… how successes and defeats are shared on the team:
There’s a clever phrase from a basketball coach: ‘Share success, but never defeat’. But it is also important when you lose that you do not always take the blame yourself, because you quickly lose authority, because the boys then say: ‘Now we have lost, it is the coach’s fault again’. And eventually they will believe it too. But it’s true that you question a lot when you lose and project a lot on yourself to protect the players. When it comes to victories, it’s important not to put yourself too much in the spotlight and constantly run into the fan basket. This is a moment for the players. Professional level football is a player’s game.
Bayern coach Nagelsmann: “Après-ski is something special”
… if he lets it tear:
I would very much like to. Not so often, of course, but I like it every now and then. Especially après ski is something fine. Because of the Corona, of course, it was a long time ago. Of course, I really like having contact with people. You have a lot of nice meetings there and I like when people notice that you have somehow stayed normal.
… How he identifies himself as a human being:
If I win the Champions League three times, I would be proud and happy about it. But the confirmation as a person is sometimes even worth more than games or titles won. At the end of life, being a good person, a good father, a good friend is worth more than winning the Champions League three times – but it’s still a valuable goal for me.
Nagelsmann: “Then I’m more irritable than others”
… How his perfectionism is expressed:
If you have high expectations of yourself and others around you have different priorities, it is not easy. Then the impatience comes out extremely and I am more irritable than others. If you want to push something to perfection, it is often not easy to accept that not everyone wants to join.
… how to compare the auras of Julian Nagelsmann, Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola:
I know Jürgen, when he enters the room you immediately notice that there is something. Even as a person he can inspire, lead you away, if you have a conversation with him you will be captivated. With Pep, you are fascinated by his idea of football. It’s hard for me to talk about my own aura, I do not understand.
… How he handles stress and the risk of burnout:
I’ve never actually had it. I then try to do a little more things that make me happy in my free time. Or just to spend the day off really freely. I actually had tests done on the risk of burnout. You do IQ tests, stress resistance tests against a wide range of visual and auditory stimuli. And then there are test protocols, which give you a percentage probability of whether or not you will eventually get a burnout. I’m at zero percent there. There are actually few people who are at zero percent. I took no chances and I hope the machine is right.
… who his favorite players would be:
Mbappé is certainly not wrong for any team. I also think Frenkie de Jong is a very good player, but both tend to go beyond our financial capabilities.
This match between FC Bayern and FC Villarreal, as well as other top matches every Tuesday, can only be watched in full length on Prime Video. Since the 2021/22 season, Prime Video has shown a total of 16 Uefa Champions League matches per season live and exclusive: two playoff matches, six group games and eight knockout round matches up to and including the semi-finals.
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