For Julian Nagelsmann – and probably also for other coaches – there is a very simple key in every football game: “If you have the ball yourself, the opponent can not shoot a goal.” Two weeks ago, at the 4: 1 victory in Berlin, his team had a ball possession of 70 percent, crucial for such a dominant idea was also Nagelsmann’s system conversion.

Because Alphonso Davies has fallen since the beginning of the year for a slight heart muscle inflammation, Nagelsmann must be creative on the left outer car, where the Canadian was set with his speed and offensive power. In Berlin, he first chose a 3-2-4-1 system in which Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry occupied the outer railways, but not as a “wing player”, but how Nagelsmann explains on offensive playersmand, as “Joker” or ” Offensive outer defender “.

The Berliners could hardly manage to escape from this extermace and this pressure in their own half. “If you have many offensive players on the square,” says Nagelsmann, “who like to have the ball at the foot and like to shoot goals, it will be hard for the opponent.”

A model for the future? Or do it playfully create stronger teams to free themselves from the counterpressing of the Bayern, quickly switch and exploit the Munich underneath in their half? “If you have many ball losses in this way we played against Hertha, or is not so ball-safe, as we were on this day, can be problematic. Or on the other way, when the opponent is extremely good or very dominant “

Also in the Champions League, where in one and a half weeks of Salzburg is waiting, FC Bayern has little surprisingly “claim, dominant”. However, as the system looks, Nagelsmann leaves open, because: “It’s not such a big difference, whether in 4-2-3-1 the outer storm games”, or just in 3-2-4-1 the “Joker”.

Nagelsmann wants to “customize opponent-specific”

“If you, like Hertha, play against a fiffer chain and turn the ball-far Joker with turn on, you have to do this path back in 4-2-3-1 as a left tooth, that’s exactly the same. The difference is, That the symmetry is ahead another and the players behind the ball are positioned slightly differently. You may not have the outer defender anymore, but a central defender anymore. “

By and large, Nagelsmann insured, it is “the same movements”. “We have so”, so in 3-2-4-1 in Berlin, “a lot of power had, because we have expected them deeply. That was also the case. We had a lot of offensive players and 30 goals, in the end gives us The success right. If that’s enough for the success against every opponent, I do not know. We will always adapt that opponent, as now on Saturday, for example. ” When the opponent is Leipzig.