"One of his greatest qualities is the ability to read a game. It doesn’t take him long to recognise patterns of play and the spaces that appear — and more importantly, he’s able to change things, implementing ideas that his team will have prepared for during the week. He’s the complete package.” - Alexander RosenMarch 20, 2020
Julian Nagelsmann’s incredibly rapid career progression and his success as the youngest permanent coach in German top-division history has been well-documented. What’s far less well-known, however, is just how good a player he had been before a botched knee operation finished his hopes of a playing career at the age of 20 – and that many of his coaching principles were informed by his personal experiences.