Bayern Munich Superstar Disappointed After Julian Nagelsmann Departure

Bayern Munich Superstar Disappointed After Julian Nagelsmann Departure

Isaac Darko
  • Joshua Kimmich is not happy with Bayern Munich's decision to sack Julian Nagelsmann
  • Nagelsmann, who took over as Bayern boss in 2021, was sacked by the Bavarians despite leading the club to a quarterfinal in the Champions League
  • The German tactician helped the Bundesliga giants win its tenth successive Bundesliga crown last season

Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich admitted that Julian Nagelsmann's sacking was a "disappointment" as it reflected badly on the players.

Nagelsmann was sacked on Friday after a 2-1 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen saw Bayern slip behind title rivals Borussia Dortmund last weekend.

Speaking to ZDF broadcaster after Germany's 2-0 win over Peru on Saturday, Kimmich said that he and his team-mates were at fault for the departure of Nagelsmann, who was sacked by Bayern this week.

Joshua Kimmich, Julian Nagelsmann, Bayern Munich
Joshua Kimmich captained Germany against Peru on Saturday. Photo: Thomas Kienzle
Source: AFP
"It's always disappointing when a coach is sacked, because it means we have not delivered as players," said Kimmich, who captained Germany in Mainz.

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He added that it had been strange to prepare for an international game amid the noise of Nagelsmann's dismissal.

"It's a curious situation, but that's the football business at the end of the day. There is not much heart, not much love."

His successor Thomas Tuchel was presented in Munich on Saturday, with Bayern bosses expressing optimism that the former Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain coach could turn a turbulent season around.

Kimmich, though, admitted that he had no relationship with Tuchel as of yet.

"I don't know him yet," he told ZDF.

Why Nagelsmann was fired

Sports Brief earlier reported that Nagelsmann's relationship with the journalist has been highlighted as his major downfall at the Allianz Arena.

According to GOAL, Lena initially stepped back from covering Bayern Munich as a BILD reporter when she began dating Nagelsmann.

However, her decision did little to repose trust in the dressing room, especially when documents showing how the Bundesliga club changed their tactics were leaked and ended up on BILD, where Lena worked.