By Rune Gjerulff@runegjerulff

Cancelo "caught off guard" by Nagelsmann's axing

Yesterday evening, Joao Cancelo became the first Bayern player to react to the imminent dismissal of Julian Nagelsmann, and it's safe to say that the news took him by surprise.
Joao Cancelo was shocked to hear reports that Julian Nagelsmann had been sacked as Bayern Munich coach.

The 28-year-old, who's on loan at Bayern from Manchester City, was made aware of the news after playing for Portugal in their 4-0 win over Liechtenstein last night.

"I didn't know. I was a little surprised. I want to thank coach Nagelsmann, he was the one who wanted me at Bayern," Cancelo told reporters.

"It's caught me off guard, but all the luck in the world to him."

According to several reports, Nagelsmann will be replaced by former Mainz, Dortmund, PSG and Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel. When asked about the 49-year-old's possible arrival, Cancelo said:

"When he arrives, I will try to adapt the concepts of the new coach as much as possible and I hope it goes well, because we have many important games.

"The decisive phase of the season is about to be entered and Bayern is a team that, individually and collectively, is always ready to win it all.

"He made me lose a Champions League final, so I hope he lets me win this year," Cancelo joked, referring to the 2020/21 Champions League final defeat he suffered with Manchester City against Tuchel's Chelsea side.

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