Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry will not start Saturday’s Bundesliga match against in-form Eintracht Frankfurt, coach Julian Nagelsmann said on Friday, capping a turbulent few days for the German winger.
Gnabry has been unwell lately and took a short trip to Paris Fashion Week after barely improving his position in the squad after a 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig last week.
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A photo of him dressed in expensive fashion brands posted on social media infuriated the club’s bosses, with Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić calling it “amateur”.
Gnabry qualified for the starting line-up in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Cologne, but was relegated at half-time, with Nagelsmann saying Kingsley Coman will start on Saturday instead.
“[Serge Gnabry] I had a chance to show my reaction against Cologne,” Nagelsmann said at the press conference. [trip to Paris] magnified by the media. “
“We had a good conversation, explained my view on things to him, and told him that my change with Cologne was not for a trip to Paris, but related to the performance.
“We have players. [Kingsley Coman]on the bench, he’s doing really well and will start tomorrow.”
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Bayern, who are top of the table with 36 points, have yet to win a league match this season, but Eintracht’s form has pushed them into fourth place, five points behind Bayern.
“When you don’t win, the atmosphere is the same as at Bayern,” said Nagelsmann. “The players have been training well since the Cologne game. No one feels terribly sad or euphoric.”
“Flow develops subconsciously. It develops when you go beyond 90 minutes without being aware of how to get the game off to a good start.
“From the beginning, you should play the game as if there was only one decisive situation. That’s how we develop this flow.
“Just talking about attitude and the right mentality doesn’t do it. In the last two games, I didn’t have the attitude I needed for 90 minutes.”