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J. Cancelo (15), B. Pavard (18), B. Pavard (35), L. Sané (45), A. Davies (74)
M. Berisha (2), M. Berisha (60), I. Cardona (90)

Nagelsmann satisfied, but expresses concern about goals conceded and road ahead

By Peter Vice   @ViceytheSS

FC Bayern München head-coach Julian Nagelsmann declared himself mostly satisfied with his team's latest league win; one that after Dortmund's draw later in the evening enabled the German giants to take sole control of top spot. 

The FCB trainer nevertheless wished to emphasize that he felt three goals against was too much and expressed concern about the packed schedule the club must contest next month. 
Julian Nagelsmann.
Julian Nagelsmann.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Roger Petzsche
Five changes to the XI that saw off PSG in the Champions' League mid-week didn't disrupt FC Bayern München's flow in the league all that much on Saturday afternoon. The mighty German giants mostly looked to be in complete control during a 5-3 victory over regional rivals FC Augsburg. FCB trainer Julian Nagelsmann reserved special praise in his post-match comments for two of his new starters, both of whom scored.

Nagelsmann praised brace-scorer Benjamin Pavard. Young German phenom Jamal Musiala, in his post-match interview, noted that the team and coaching staff were discussing whether it was possible for the Frenchman to score a hat-trick.

Nagelsmann was also very pleased with Joao Cancelo, who had been somewhat controversially pushed out of the regular XI recently. Nagelsmann publicly backed the Man City loanee for a chance to demonstrate his ability as a starter in the weekend fixture and was very pleased with the results.

"He played a very good game," Nagelsmann said of the Portuguese star, "In the second half he might have handled one or two situations differently and, as a result, made the game less strenuous. But overall: great goal, very good assist, good game played."

The victory didn't exactly qualify as "strenuous" in the eyes of most observers. Though Mërgim Berisha was able to pull the Fuggerstädter back within two goals with a conversion from the spot in the 60th, Alphonso Davies restored the three-goal cushion some 14 minutes later.

An Augsburg tally at the death, Naglesmann acknowledged, wasn't a huge point of concern.

"Three goals conceded is too many," Nagelsmann continued in conversation with his Sky interviewer, "We don't need to be letting that much in. We ended up shifting down a few gears, which wasn't a big deal. The third goal was also a bit unlucky."

"We've done our job, but we can't rest," Nagelsmann concluded, "Then there's the draw for the Champions' League and also the cup. We'll have eight or nine matches in April. It's going to be a very exciting month."

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