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Julian Nagelsmann at the press conference ahead of the Hoffenheim game

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Julian Nagelsmann was present at the press conference ahead of the clash against TSG Hoffenheim tomorrow and here is what 34-year old coach had to say:

On Manuel Neuer situation:

„Manu won’t play tomorrow, he’s still feeling some pain. It’s likely he will also miss the game against Barcelona. We’re aiming for him to return for the Mainz game. We will need to wait until his shoulder heals enough so that he can play“

On another absence of Thomas Müller and the comeback of Noussair Mazraoui:

„Unfortunately, Thomas Müller is out. He got a stomachache overnight. He’s a bit angry, first Corona, then the injury, and now a stomachache. Noussair Mazraoui will train again today, he has no problems anymore“

On tomorrow’s game:

„It’s a special game, Hoffenheim is a club close to my heart, I spent 9 very nice years there. I’m looking forward to going there again. Hoffenheim have a clear strategy, they play with a lot of courage from the back, we have to be extremely sharp“

On if there will be any squad rotations:“

„We will hold talks then decide. We’re thinking about Kingsley Coman, he’s fit to play again. Choupo has coped well with the last games. We’re doing a relaxed final training session – then will decide“

On Choupo Moting and his form:

„He’s not really a classic number 9, he plays a lot between the lines. He’s a gifted footballer, more of a #10 who can also play up front. We are very happy to have him. He has the quality to be a starter, but also the quality to come off the bench“

He also commented on the form of the squad:

„It was clear that we had to get into a good rhythm in order to do well until the World Cup break. I think the boys are highly motivated. We want to put pressure on Union and be where we want to be in the table by the winter break if possible“

Nagelsmann also confirmed that he is in the contact with Hansi Flick:

„We text each other from time to time. We have a good relationship. A good exchange is always important. I ask for his opinion and he asks for mine. In the interests of the DFB and in our interests, we work well together.“ 

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