Hard work and “cheeky sayings”: Nagelsmann praises Wagner

The chemistry in the DFB coaching team is obviously right. Julian Nagelsmann praises his assistant Sandro Wagner highly. The spark has already ignited for Robin Gosens.

Sandro Wagner also has some flippant words ready.

Sandro Wagner also has some flippant words ready.


Sandro Wagner has made quite an impression on new national coach Julian Nagelsmann in his first few days in America. Nagelsmann likes that Wagner has the right mix of seriousness and relaxedness. “He is sensationally good, incredibly hard-working, structured,” said the DFB head coach about Wagner.

Nagelsmann also likes the former national striker’s “cheeky sayings in all directions”. His assistant coach also manages to maintain the necessary distance from former teammates and still be relaxed. For example, Wagner once played with Thomas Müller at FC Bayern.

During training in Foxborough before the premiere on Saturday (9 p.m.) against the USA in Hartford, the assistant increasingly took on more tasks on the pitch. Nagelsmann’s long-time assistant coach Benjamin Glück, whom the boss brought with him to the DFB, is more of an observer and personal confidant of the national coach.

Wagner, who gave up his job as a ZDF expert for his new role, relieves his boss of detailed questions. Right down to switching on the lawn sprinklers on the training ground at exactly the right time. “He takes care of everything organizationally for me,” said Nagelsmann. Nagelsmann made it clear that only he would do the media work.

Gosens: “The fire can be felt”

Robin Gosens also emphasized that the chemistry is obviously right. The national player really raved about Nagelsmann’s DFB coaching team. “Both he and Sandro Wagner and Benjamin Glück as assistant coaches have a fire to really want to make a difference,” said the Union professional in the RND interview: “They are very emotional guys who lead a team with their passion. They did that for me straight away.”

Nagelsmann only has one concern. That Wagner himself soon wants to become a head coach somewhere again and that the collaboration is therefore over. The Munich team led SpVgg Unterhaching into the 3rd league this summer. Afterwards he actually moved to the DFB as assistant to Hannes Wolf at the U20. Maybe Wagner also wants to revive an old DFB tradition. Assistants have later become national coaches themselves six times.

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