Nagelsmann expecting tough opener

12 August 2021 21:52:37 GMTPlus11
Julian Nagelsmann is hoping for a winning start with Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich head coach Julian Nagelsmann says his side will face a tough opening to the new Bundesliga season when they visit Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday evening.

Nagelsmann's first competitive match in charge of Bayern will see his side visit Borussia-Park and they are priced at 13/20 to emerge from the contest with all three points, with the draw priced at 7/2.

Every team has that extra motivation when facing Bayern.

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The Bavarians have lost on their last two visits to Gladbach and Nagelsmann, who left RB Leipzig to take over the managerial reigns at Bayern this summer, knows his side will be in for a tough battle once again.

"Gladbach have a strong and ambitious squad," the 34-year-old told reporters at his pre-match press conference. "They are a tough opponent to open the season against.

"Every team has that extra motivation when facing Bayern. Everyone wants to prevent us from winning our tenth straight title."

Pre-season plans hampered

Nagelsmann's start to life in the Bayern dugout has not been smooth, with the club failing to win any of their pre-season matches, including suffering a 2-0 defeat to Gladbach at the end of July.

Injuries have not helped Nagelsmann's cause, with the head coach confirming that defender Benjamin Pavard is the latest player to be sidelined after he suffered an ankle ligament injury in training this week.

The France international joins fellow defenders Lucas Hernandez and Omar Richards on the treatment table, although Nagelsmann did confirm that Alphonso Davies is in contention to feature on Friday following his own injury lay-off.

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