At the age of 34, Julian Nagelsmann took over as Bayern Munich coach this summer, succeeding Hansi Flick.
After two successful seasons in charge of Leipzig, he got the post after leading them to success in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League. Many people admired his appealing style of football.
He had spent two and a half seasons at Hoffenheim prior to taking over at Leipzig, and had rejected down an offer from Real Madrid immediately before joining Leipzig, stating his reasoning to Sports Illustrated, as reported by Marca.
There is a significant difference, according to Nagelsmann.
“The adaptation time is extremely short when you take over the first team at Hoffenheim, as I did, where I had already coached the youth teams and knew everyone from the cleaners to the gardeners.
“But it’s a different story when you’re new to a club and have to meet everyone for the first time, it’s a completely different world.
“It was therefore okay for me to seek a higher ladder than Hoffenheim, but not the greatest ladder imaginable.”
Nagelsmann has now ascended to a quite high level in Bavaria. Bayern Munich has performed admirably under his leadership, and they presently lead the Bundesliga by four points over Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern has also performed admirably in the Champions League this season, leading Group E and winning six of their six games. They swept Barcelona both at home and away, winning 3-0 in both games.