How Bayern Munich could line up next season as Julian Nagelsmann experiments with new formation in pre-season

WHILE the Euros reach their conclusion this weekend, new Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann is already getting to work with his new team.

Although missing a host of international stars, the German champions have returned to pre-season training under their new coach.


Nagelsmann, 33, is just through the door, but is already looking to put his stamp on this wildly successful Bayern side.

The German has frequently deployed a back three during his managerial career.

And according to Bild, he has begun toying with playing three at the back during Bayern training this week.

They claim that he used a back three including new signing Dayot Upamecano, as well as Tanguy Nianzou and academy graduate Josip Stanizic – with Bouna Sarr and former Reading ace Omar Richards as wing-backs.

But how will he set his team out when his Euro 2020 stars are back in town?

German outlet Spox claim that Bayern's business is likely done for the summer, having concluded moves for Upamecano, Richards and Sven Ulreich early.

If Corentin Tolisso or Kingsley Coman are sold they will dip back into the market, but at this stage both players are unlikely to leave.

So Nagelsmann will work with what he's got.


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Obviously Manuel Neuer will be between the sticks.

Upamecano replaces stalwart Jerome Boateng and will be at the heart of defence.

Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard have both played extensively as centre-backs and full-backs in their careers – so roles on the left and right of a back three should suit them perfectly.

Alphonso Davies can thrive as a wing-back with license to bomb forward and cause opposition defences mayhem, while Joshua Kimmich played at right wing-back for his country at Euro 2020.

If Tolisso stays he can partner the excellent Leon Goretzka in midfield.

On the wings, Bayern will hope for an improved second season for Leroy Sane on the right, with former Arsenal ace Serge Gnabry on the left.

Polish superstar Robert Lewandowski will lead the line, having enjoyed a record-breaking season last time out.


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