Soccer News: Bayern’s quick start under Nagelsmann delights Kahn

    Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn praised Julian Nagelsmann’s quick start to life in the German giants following a 5-0 Champions League defeat to Dynamo Kiev.

    Robert Lewandowski scored twice, while Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting all scored in Wednesday’s crushing Group E win.

    Nagelsmann has won nine of his first 10 games in all competitions since replacing Hansi Flick, a Bayern manager’s best start.

    Bayern have kept five goalless goals in all competitions this season to overtake the Bundesliga and Group E, and former goalkeeper Kahn hailed their stability under Nagelsmann’s leadership.

    “I think it happened very, very quickly and we can already see his handwriting,” said Kahn of former RB Leipzig manager Nagelsmann.

    “We have conceded too many goals in the past two years. We weren’t optimal in the defensive phase.

    “Now we can again keep the sheets clean, which is the basis of success.

    “We have already seen him against Barcelona. We could see hers [Nagelsmann] calligraphy, the quality it has.

    “He knows how to teach our players some changes relatively quickly.”

    Bayern have enjoyed their biggest Champions League home win since February 2018, when they humiliated Turkish giants Besiktas 5-0 in the round of 16.

    Since losing 3-2 to Manchester City in December 2013, Bayern have lost just two of their 66 points at home in the Champions League group stage, winning 21 of 22 games (1 draw).

    On Bayern’s latest clean sheet, star goalkeeper Manuel Neuer told reporters: “I really like as a goalkeeper or as a defender, just like our defenders.

    “I think it’s also important for us as a team to be stable on the defense. This is what we have been working on. And I think it’s very important for all of us to have a lot of clean sheets.

    Then, of course, we gain confidence in our defense and we can show our opponents that we can defend ourselves very well. “

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