Bayern Munich won one more game on Saturday by defeating Bochum 3-0. Their coach, Julian Nagelsmann, was asked about the injury of Kylian Mbappe and the problable absence of Lionel Messi but the German gaffer still doesn't believe any statement coming out of Paris.
Nagelsmann was asked about the possible unavailability of Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi for next Tuesday's matchup between his team and PSG.
The German coach, stubborn in surrendering to the power of mass media narratives, said that he "does not plan to change his plans" no matter who is available or not for PSG next week in the Champions league. before facing PSG in the Champions League.
"I will prepare the team as if [Mbappe and Messi] were available and playing", Nagelsmann said in his press conference. The former RB Leipzig coach, who has Bayern sitting pretty atop the Bundesliga standings, said that PSG "are better with Mbappe and Messi" but that he believes PSG "have good substitutes and a strong depth."
Something is smelly here. For one, Nagelsmann is a widely respected coach currently at the helm of one of the top-tier European clubs in the continent. Then, there is the fact that Bayern Munich are leading the German league. On top of that, Bayern are contending for the Champions League and are just a handful of games from lifting the trophy.
In other words: Nagelsmann must be an intelligent coach who has definitely scouted PSG for a long time since the results of the UCL draw were announced. If that's the case, then yes, he surely knows PSG are better with Messi and Mbappe, but also yes, he must know that PSG have absolutely stunk without them.
Only time will tell how Tuesday's game end, but judging by the last two games played by PSG things are looking quite good for Bayern Munich to dump six or seven goals on a reserve-laden PSG even if they can feature Mbappe (highly questionable) and Messi (confirmed in along with Marco Verratti).