Leipzig (AP) - The smile of Julian Nagelsmann is always particularly mischievous in case of surprise against Bayern. He succeeded in the youth as a player from TSV 1860 Munich.
As the youngest head coach in the Bundesliga, he then defeated with TSG Hoffenheim in the 2016/2017 season, the record champions 1-0. In the season he put on a 2-0. "I have a good record against Bayern. I hope we can extend that on Saturday. Then with another club, but with the same coach, "Nagelsmann told the" Sport Bild ".
The 32-year-old successor to Ralf Rangnick, who has already been traded as a future candidate for the coaching post in Munich, can tackle the ninth duel of RB Leipzig against the double winner as leaders with two points lead relaxed. He has in quasi a job guarantee in Saxony. "He does not have to be nervous when there are a few defeats. We know that this is a new era and things are changing and it needs a certain familiarization, "said RB CEO Oliver Mintzlaff before the start of the season.
Things are different with Niko Kovac, who in his first year in Bavaria was more likely to go through a steel bath. Especially in the decisive weeks before the cup final in May against Leipzig (3: 0) he had missed in the final stages of the championship public backing of the leadership. Unlike the chairman of the board Karl-Heinz Rummenigge but President Uli Hoeneß was the great supporter of Kovac in the club.
Especially in the Champions League is now expected in his second year more than the knockout stages. "We want to defend the double. And we want to do much better internationally, "said 47-year-old Kovac on his own goals. "I believe that Niko knows that we are a club that needs success. He faces that, which is what everyone here in the club, "Rummenigge had announced on the trip to the US Munich. "I wish him a season as successful as last year with the Double - and one or the other round more in the Champions League. Then everyone would be very happy with Bayern. »
Kovac does not want to overstate the duel in Leipzig. "We already had three endurance tests in the Bundesliga," said Kovac after the 6: 1 against Mainz to the question of whether Leipzig is the first real test this season. Nagelsmann - elected "Coach of the Year" after the coup against Bayern in 2017 - sees Munich at the moment very solid and demands from his team an "exceptionally good performance".
After the zero in May in the Red Bull Arena, the guests take the task very seriously: "I think that Leipzig is a team that can have a say in the championship," said striker Robert Lewandowski, who after only three matchdays with six Hits one more than RB striker Timo Werner has shot. RB endurance runner Konrad Laimer, who had just won a 0-0 in the European Championship qualifiers with Austria in Poland, said: "We need not hide from anyone."