It cannot be argued that Bayern Munich's coach Julian Nagelsmann is a confident man... Just a few hours ago, speaking to FCBayernTV, Nagelsmann showed a ton of confidence in himself and his team ahead of their clash against PGS claiming to know how to neutralize Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, and the rest of the Parisian team.
For Nagelsmann, things are very simple: "[PSG] need at least one goal to level it up." Genius at breaking game plans down, our friend Julian!
"[PSG] often defend deep and play on the counter-attack. Their style of play also depends on who’s fit and can play," said the German. To which we counter: no, PSG don't pressure a damn, and Mbappe and Messi play the counterattack but couldn't care less about pressing and defending. Bad start, my man!
The Bavarian manager kept on going.
“In the first leg, they were without Kylian Mbappe at the start, which affected their match plan a little bit. When he came on, they started playing a different way. As I said, I expect it to be much more attacking and open than in Paris.” That's correct. It's all facts and only VAR prevented Bayern from getting back home having eaten a couple of goals. He's right in expecting plenty of attacking fireworks coming from PSG on Wednesday.
Julian Nagelsmann: "PSG are incredibly difficult to defend against"
Nagelsmann seemed to be getting it right, but of course, he ultimately got it all wrong.
“Both we and PSG have enormous pace in attack," yes, but the finishing of Paris is tidy while Bayern's flounders. "We want to get at them when they take possession and be physically present from the first minute," which is good but might not work with the little tiny genius Marco Verratti back in the gameday squad and Danilo playing as stout football as you can imagine. "What we need in the second leg is to prevent them from using their pace,” which... LOL good luck with that.
“If you give their attackers too much space and they can unleash their footballing qualities, it’s incredibly difficult to defend,” Nagelsmann finished.
I'm not a football expert and definitely not one at the level of brainpower that Nagelsmann shows weekly these days and that have helped him to reach the Bayern Munich coaching position. But I know one thing and that is that Kylian Mbappe just scored his 201st goal for Paris Saint-Germain and he ain't just stopping hitting bangers this midweek, no matter the defensive plan used against him.