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By Peter Weis@PeterVicey

Nagelsmann prepared to help FCB halt slide: "I've no doubt I can still contribute."

After 12 days without being in front off the microphones, FC Bayern München trainer Julian Nagelsmann still found himself on the defensive at a Thursday presser.

Bayern seek to snap a four-game winless run in the league at home against Leverkusen this Friday. 
A little less than two weeks after he told reporters that he would "question everything", including himself, Julian Nagelsmann had to answer questions about what thoughts had occupied his mind over the international break at a Thursday presser. The 35-year-year-old gave glib responses, speaking of "contextual things" that were "more or less already known to everyone."

After reviewing some video footage with his returning internationals, Nagelsmann noted that he had a chance to disseminate some clear instructions. In that sense, at least, the head-coach felt he was on the path to solving some problems.

"I conveyed to the lads what I ask for and what I want to see," Nagelsmann, "Crucially, I highlighted instances in which there are no excuses."

"To say that the last two weeks haven't affected me emotionally would be a lie," he continued, "There were some things [criticisms] reported from my days at Hoffenheim. That was years ago. My name has been mentioned far too much in the last weeks."

"I believe invest a lot in the job and also know that I always give the players clear procedures to follow," Nagelsmann noted when it came to specific criticism of his training style and sometimes acerbic treatment of the team when speaking to the press, "I think I'm a decent person who deals with them [the players] in a decent way."

Nagelsmann did divulge that he had questioned himself a lot during the international break, yet entertained no thoughts of resigning.

"I'm not responsible for everything," he noted, "but I'm not shirking my responsibility either. I've no doubt that I can contribute a few things contextually and adjustments in order to help us be successful again and stay that way."

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