Julian Nagelsmann hailed the “exceptional” Serge Gnabry after scoring a hat-trick in Bayern Munich’s 5-0 win against Stuttgart.
Gnabry marked his first start for nearly a month with a superb performance, helping himself with a hat-trick and putting down the other two goals for Robert Lewandowski in the town where he was born.
The German forward gave Bayern a 1-0 lead at half-time and Bayern went wild in the second half, scoring three goals within five minutes behind closed doors at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Tuesday.
Gnabry has been directly involved in five goals in an official match for only the second time in his career, with the only previous case being a 7-2 win at Tottenham in October 2019, when he scored four and provided a assist
Julian Nagelsmann’s victory in the 200th Bundesliga game as head coach put the champions nine points ahead at the top of the table.
Nagelsmann praised Gnabry, who had to bide his time to return to the squad after a quarantine period and was also hampered by an injury.
The Bayern manager said: “He is an exceptional player who is currently struggling with his back and therefore perhaps gets a little less minutes than he deserves.
“He did very, very well today.”
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It was another devastating performance from the Bavarian giants, but there was concern when they lost Kingsley Coman to injury in the first half.
Nagelsmann said of the French winger: “We don’t have a precise diagnosis for him yet. It is a muscular issue. Let’s hope it’s nothing serious. “
Lewandowski’s brace brought him on par with the great Gerd Muller with a record of 41 goals in a calendar year in the German top flight.