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Nagelsmann plays down German crisis talk

By Bulinews Team

It isn't surprising that the Bundesliga sides were beaten by English clubs in the Champions League, argues Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann.

Julian Nagelsmann.
Julian Nagelsmann.Photo: Hoffenheim
For the first time since 2006, no Bundesliga clubs have managed to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League as Bayern München, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 were all beaten by English teams in the round of 16.

But even though the results are disappointing for German football, there's no reason to raise the alarm, argues Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann.

"Of course it's not in line with the expectations of our football country, which is so used to success, to crash out before the interesting rounds. But that's what has happened. I don't think it's as black as many others. They were all good opponents," Nagelsmann said in an interview with Kicker and added:

"If a team in 18th place in the Premier League has a budget that is €20 million higher than ours, it's just hard. And it's not surprising that all four English teams are through with the salaries they have. It would be alarming if it wasn't like that."

"We just have to stop complaining to much and accept that things are the way they are. We have to try to develop good talented players and get top players by making cheaper investments," Nagelsmann said.

Nagelsmann's Hoffenheim side crashed out in the group stage after finishing last in Group F wich also included Olympique Lyon and Shakhtar Donetsk.

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