Julian Nagelsmann: “Frenkie de Jong is one of the best midfielders in the world.”

Speaking ahead of Bayern Munich vs Barcelona, Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann gave his thoughts on the Catalan side.

“Xavi has only had a couple of training sessions with Barcelona. I can see already see differences. With Xavi, they defend higher up the pitch. Their press is higher, more risky, like in the Pep Guardiola days,” Nagelsmann said in quotes picked up by Mundo Deportivo.

“I think they are still an extremely attractive club for players and fans. The financial figures are known. If that hovers over you, you will be a little inhibited.

“In a successful era, you may become lazy and need too long for decisions. Then you seldom think about what happens when things go bad.

“The spitting out of talent has been a bit lacking, but that will only come again. Obviously, they are making ends meet and still have a good squad.

“For me, Frenkie de Jong is one of the best midfielders in the world. They still have world-class players. They are under pressure in the table and have to win. They will give everything to make this a good game,” he added.

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