Julian Nagelsmann began his reign at the helm of Bayern Munich’s technical staff, with a 1-1 away draw with Borussia Moenchengladbach in the opening matches of the first phase of the German Football Championship for the 2021-2022 season.
The hosts advanced through French striker Elasan Plea, before Poland’s Robert Lewandowski equalized.
And the German League allowed the return of the fans to the stadiums, but with 50 percent of the stadium’s capacity, and thus, about 25,000 spectators watched the match at the 50,000-capacity Borussia Park.
Nagelsmann, one of the youngest German coaches in the local league, who celebrated his 34th birthday last month, moved from Leipzig to coach the Bavarian team, succeeding Hansi Flick, who will supervise the coaching of the German national team.
The trial matches in preparation for the new season were not good, because the Bavarian team lost three matches, including one against Moenchengladbach, in particular, 0-2, and drew in one, but it played the first three of them with a reserve squad.
The Bavarian team, seeking to win its tenth title in the “Bundesliga”, lost the efforts of the two poles of the Austrian defense center, David Alaba, who moved to Real Madrid, and Jerome Boateng, who is still looking for a club to defend his colors after the expiration of his contract on June 30.
French defender Daewoo Obamecano, who moved to Bayern from Leipzig, played his first official match in the ranks of his new team, playing alongside Niklas Sole.
As for Monchengladbach, it was in turn playing its first official match, under the supervision of its new coach Eddie Hutter, who replaced Marco Rose, who moved to supervise Borussia Dortmund.
This is the seventh time in a row that Lewandowski has scored at least one goal in his team’s opening match.
And Lewandowski broke the record for the number of goals in one season, which has held since the early seventies in the name of former Bayern Munich striker Gerd Muller, by scoring 41 goals last season.
“We didn’t play perfect football,” Lewandowski said. “We made a lot of mistakes, but the first game is over and we can look forward.”
As for Nagelsmann, he said: “We have to live with this point. Every team had their chances during the match. It was an exciting match for the fans, but it was not that easy for the coaches.”
The confrontation bore the number 107 in the first division, and the balance tilted in favor of Bayern Munich, who achieved 51 victories compared to 26 for its opponent, and drew 30 times.
The confrontation was exciting between the two teams on this stadium last season, as Bayern advanced with two clean goals before Moenchengladbach turned the table on its guest and won 3-2, but the Bavarian team Akram and the benefit of its opponent when it hosted it at the Allianz Arena with a clean six, including a hat-trick for Lewandowski in the match that witnessed His ninth consecutive title.