Julian Nagelsmann Plans To 'Slide Tackle' Ole Gunnar Solskjaer For Scoring THAT Goal Against Bayern Munich In 1999
Julian Nagelsmann has joked he will slide tackle Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in an exact of revenge for his winning goal in the Champions League final back in 1999.
The RB Leipzig boss was an 11-year-old Bayern Munich fan when Solskjaer popped up in the last minute at the Nou Camp to secure a memorable treble win for United.
Bayern had been 1-0 up and cruising against United but Sir Alex Ferguson's side never gave up and scored twice in stoppage time - with Solskjaer well and truly writing his name in Old Trafford folklore.
A young Nagelsmann was fuming about it at the time and is still not quite over it 21 years later as he and Solskjaer line up in opposite dugouts in Europe's premier competition tonight.
Bayern fan Julian Nagelsmann ahead of Man United vs Leipzig: "As soon as I see Solskjaer, I'm going to dive in for a sliding tackle. I wasn't the happiest person [after the 1999 Champions League final]. My dad was a Gladbach fan at the time and he teased me a bit" pic.twitter.com/NsymVZmj78
- Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) October 28, 2020
Watch out, Ole! :laughing:
Then 11-year-old Bayern fan Julian Nagelsmann was troubled by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's stoppage-time winner in 1999 :trophy::sweat_smile: pic.twitter.com/Avl3KCTyN9
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 28, 2020
"As soon as I see Solskjaer, I'm going to dive in for a sliding tackle," the 33-year-old joked in a press conference ahead of tonight's Group H clash.
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"I wasn't the happiest person [after the 1999 Champions League final]. My dad was a Gladbach fan at the time and he teased me a bit."
Now one of the most exciting young coaches in the game, Nagelsmann guided Leipzig to the Champions League semi-finals last season and knocked out both Spurs and Atletico Madrid in a memorable run.
They sit top of the Bundesliga after collecting 13 points from five games and made a winning start to this season's European campaign with a 2-0 win over Istanbul Basaksehir.
United also got off the mark with a 2-1 victory against PSG and Nagelsmann is wary of the threat they pose despite a difficult start domestically.
"We know that they are very good and very tough to defeat, especially when you talk about the forwards or the offensive midfielders," Nagelsmann said.
"(They have) a lot of qualities in the final third and we have to be aware of these situations. We have to close the space behind our defensive line.
"If we are very aggressive and we are watchful on these situations, then we are self-confident enough to talk about winning the game tomorrow."
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