Status: 23/09/2023, 22:28 p.m.
By: Lina Krull
National player Thomas Müller takes a stand on the new national coach Julian Nagelsmann. And talks about his future at the DFB.
Munich – Last Friday, the time had come: Julian Nagelsmann was presented as the new national coach. The ex-Bayern coach will take over the DFB team for the time being until the end of July 2024. One of his protégés from his time at the record champions, Thomas Müller, spoke out after the 7-0 win against VfL Bochum - and classified the new appointment of the national coach.
|Born:||13 September 1989 (age 34 years), Weilheim in Oberbayern|
|Successes:||World champion 2014, Champions League winner 2013 & 2020, 12-time German champion|
Müller talks about national coach Nagelsmann
"Julian has a lot of plans in the drawer and I think he will find a suitable one for this team," Müller said in an interview after FC Bayern Munich's clear victory against Bochum, classifying the situation around the 36-year-old Nagelsmann. Especially in view of the upcoming European Championships in his own country, he hopes for an upswing. New impetus that could lead the team on a new, up-and-coming path after the early elimination in the preliminary round of the World Cup and the friendly defeats against Poland, Colombia and Japan.
The coach brings this necessary energy with him, as Müller thinks: "What you can already see and saw at the press conference, the energy, the joy he has to be able to do this job. I think that will do us good, just to have a fresh energy." The 123-time international also dares to take a look into the future: "Now, of course, it's about everyone getting to know each other and we can't say too much about the content," said the 34-year-old Bavarian. Whether he himself is available as a player for the upcoming Nagelsmann era, he also clarifies in the interview after the game.
Thomas Müller (left) is ready to play for the national team under new coach Julian Nagelsmann (right). © IMAGO / Sven Simon; IMAGO / Eibner
Thomas Müller on national team: "I'm available"
The striker was still in action at the World Cup in Qatar, but was no longer in the squad for the following test matches. For Niclas Füllkrug, he was finally called up for the two international matches against Japan and France by Hansi Flick, in which he was also on the pitch. And even netted against France to make it 1-0. What's next for him?
"Nothing changes for me compared to before. I'm available," explains the international, adding with a laugh: "You'll have to ask Julian the rest." He also has a clear opinion on the new assistant Sandro Wagner, Müller's teammate at Bayern from 2018 to 2019: "It was clearly mapped out somewhere that Sandro would go his own way. Sometimes doors open faster and sometimes later," said the 2014 World Cup winner. I believe that we will go positively into the next measure and then we'll see." In addition to Müller, Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel also commented on the change on the bench.
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Tuchel finds positive sentences for his predecessor at the German record champions: "I believe that clarity is always good. The most important thing is that the decision is made. There is no question that Julian is a top coach and has everything he needs to fill the position," says the 50-year-old native of Krumbach.
Ex-Bayern professional and long-time national player Bastian Schweinsteiger also took a stand on the Upper Bavarian. And fears dark goalkeeper clouds for the national coach. (likr/dpa)