Julian Nagelsmann Tests Positive for COVID-19
Benfica Win Missed
Nagelsmann travelled to Benfica expecting to take his usual seat on the touchline. He stayed in the team hotel after developing a ‘flu-like infection’, while assistants Dino Toppmoller and Xaver Zembrod oversaw his duties.
Bayern routinely dispatched their opponents without their head coach in a 4-0 victory in Lisbon on Wednesday night (October 20). Benfica held off the German giants until Leroy Sane opened the scoring in the 70th minute.
Thereafter the floodgates opened. Everton Soares scored an own goal ten minutes later, with two goals coming soon after with Sane providing for Robert Lewandowski and before doubling his own tally.
The club statement on fcbayern.com reads: “Despite being fully vaccinated, Julian Nagelsmann, 34, head coach of FC Bayern Munich, has tested positive for COVID-19. He is returning to Munich separately from the team by air ambulance and will self-isolate at home.”
Fixtures Nagelsmann Could Miss
The German’s illness means he will miss further games for Bayern Munich in the coming days.
German health protocols require people who have tested positive for the virus and are double vaccinated, to self-isolate until a negative PCR test is provided. If the person does not, isolation ends after 14 days.
If Nagelsmann’s isolation does not end until the 14 days have expired, and he makes a full recovery, Bayern Munich will be without their head coach for four matches.
Munich play mid-table Hoffenheim on Saturday, October 23 in Bundesliga as they look to stay top of the table.
Following on is a Wednesday night (October 27) fixture against Borussia Mönchengladbach in DFB-Pokal and a league match on the weekend after against Union Berlin. The fourth Champions League group stage match against Benfica will be the final match Nagelsmann could miss.
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