‘What a bloody clown of a manager’: Bayern Munich fans are calling for Julian Nagelsmann to be FIRED after ‘suicidal’ tactical substitution led to Villarreal knocking them out of the Champions League quarter-finals
Furious Bayern Munich fans have called for Julian Nagelsmann to be sacked following his surprise Champions League knockout at the hands of Villarreal.
Despite losing the first leg of the quarter-final 1-0 in Spain, Bayern were expected to reverse the defeat and advance to the final four of the competition.
However, they were shocked last night after Samuel Chukwueze scored the kill to send the LaLiga side on away goals.
Bayern Munich fans have called for Julian Nagelsmann to be fired after his humiliation
That came despite Robert Lewandowski finding the net to level the aggregate score and give Nagelsmann’s side the lead on the night.
And the result may well have serious repercussions for the young strategist, who has since admitted the backhand ranks as one of the top three of his career.
He has been particularly attacked by fans online for his decision to bring in Alphonso Davies late, with the full-back intimidated by Chukwueze for his goal.
One Reddit user said: “Wtf Nagelsmann, that Phonzie (Davies) for Lucas was a suicidal decision.”
Villarreal advances in the Champions League after Samuel Chukwueze’s death goal
Another wrote: ‘Can’t believe these tactics here. What the hell was he trying to accomplish by taking Hernandez out?
‘So we can have five and a half attackers on the pitch? I’ve been neutral all this time, but man, it doesn’t take a fool to tell you that replacing your best central defender in the last few minutes is pointless (sic).’
“Hey this is the coach’s fault,” added a third user. There is no longer any doubt. That sub doesn’t make sense. Absolutely none. This is a big, big problem.
A fourth said: ‘Stupid, just stupid JN. What is going on in your empty head to replace Lucas? There is literally NO reason.
Furious fans took to social media to express their frustration over one of his substitutions.
You are clearly not ready to be in charge of Bayern, and today we pay for it. Even a coach at Bayern needs to have the Bayern mentality and JN showed that he doesn’t have it.”
“He should be fired for this,” declared another. “Honestly, I know we went through a lot of managers, but for a team that is seventh in LaLiga and drew their last game, and will probably be beaten in the next round, it’s pathetic.”
“He had all the tools in front of him to do it. He should be fired for that alone.
Meanwhile, a sixth posted: ‘This is how we date huh? Good job, Nagelsmann, filling in for Hernandez.
Red-faced Nagelsmann was quick to admit defeat ranks in the ‘top three’ of his career
Speaking after the match, Naglesmann admitted this campaign is “not good enough” for Bayern, even though they are on course to win the Bundesliga once again.
He said: ‘We are out of the German Cup, out of the Champions League. I don’t think this is good enough for Bayern. We had the semi-finals as a minimum goal and we didn’t achieve it. It counts as one of my top three losses.
‘What happened is that we lost the duel. With our performance today you saw the emotions and the good tactics we played. It was the opposite of the first leg.
‘We knew they can defend. In the end we missed that second goal. The pressure was good. We defended well. We dominated them for much of the match but it doesn’t matter because we’re out.’