Bayern Munich head coach Julian Nagelsmann has revealed he has given his wife restless nights by calling out the names of his players in his sleep.
The former Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig boss is known for his meticulous planning ahead of matches and admits he struggles to turn off from football when he’s at home.
Nagelsmann told Bayern's '51' Magazine, via Bild: “Sometimes when I'm sleeping after a game I call out the names of my players.
“My wife once told me that. Sometimes it wakes her up in the night.”
Nagelsmann took charge of Bayern in July and has guided the Bavarian club to the top of the Bundesliga this season, where they are six points clear of rivals Borussia Dortmund.
He comes up against one of his former clubs, Leipzig, on Saturday as the German season resumes after its winter break.
Nagelsmann is not the only high-profile manager with unusual nocturnal habits.
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has admitted he struggles to sleep before and after games, and occasionally gets up in the middle of the night to analyse his side’s defeats.
He said: “When you win, you know yourself about the sacrifices you have made, the many nights you haven’t slept.
“That’s important because, when you win the title, you reach a great level with your soul, your mind.
“You work very, very hard to have this moment. Before games, usually, I don’t sleep a lot. Maybe two, three, four hours.
“Then, when I wake up, I start to think about the game and the situation, and often I have good ideas about the tactical aspects in the first hour of the morning.
“After the game, when I win, I sleep easily. When I don’t win, it is very difficult for me.
“When I’m awake in the middle of the night I’m thinking, ‘Why? What is the reason we lost? What was the situation that made it more difficult? Which players made it more difficult? Was our tactical plan good or not good?’
“I need to try to find the reply quickly.”
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