Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann tests positive for COVID-19

Julian Nagelsmann-RB Leipzig

The German manager was absent for the Champions League game against Benfica due to flu-like infection.

Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann has tested positive for COVID-19, confirmed by the club.

The young German manager travelled with the squad to Lisbon for the Champions League clash against Benfica but didn’t participate after reports stated he was infected with flu.

The Bavarians have now confirmed that Nagelsmann has contracted coronavirus despite being vaccinated, and he will travel back to Germany in a separate plane.

The club statement read (h/t Goal): “Julian Nagelsmann, 34, head coach of FC Bayern Munich, tested positive for the coronavirus despite being completely vaccinated.

“He will return to Munich separately from the team in a medical plane and will go into domestic isolation.”

Despite his absence on the sidelines, Bayern thrashed Benfica 4-0 after goals from Leroy Sane and Robert Lewandowski.

The victory also marked Bayern’s third consecutive one in the Champions League this season while they are also leading the Bundesliga table with 19 points, a point ahead of Borussia Dortmund.

Nagelsmann will be absent for the weekend’s league game against Hoffenheim and it remains to be seen how the Bavarians will perform without him.

The former RB Leipzig gaffer has made an astounding start at Allianz Arena this season, recording 11 wins in 13 matches across all competitions.

Another impressive fact is that Bayern have scored 56 goals under Nagelsmann this season while conceding only 9.

Bayern are again looking like outright contenders for the continental treble, the feat they achieved under Hansi Flick last year.