“Tough pill to swallow,” says De Ligt over the sacking of former coach Nagelsmann

After Bayern’s 2-1 loss to Leverkusen, Nagelsmann was sacked.

De Ligt opened up about recent events at Bayern, revealing that he was not expecting Nagelsmann to lose his position. It was a difficult pill to swallow; De Ligt told the NOS.


“No, I didn’t see it coming and was surprised. We’re second in the league, in the quarter-finals of the cup and the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Everything’s still there,” the Netherlands international said. “Those in charge decide who the coach is, but it was tough.” But I also believe Tuchel is a coach who suits us.”

Furthermore, De Ligt dismissed the possibility of a dressing room rift and indicated that he enjoyed his relationship with Nagelsmann at Bayern Munich. He said, “ah, the German media – that says enough. I had a cordial relationship with the coach and his staff, so it was difficult for me,” he added. “I got in touch with him, sent him a message and thanked him for everything he taught me. He wanted me at the club and was very significant to me. Thanks to him, I’ve taken substantial steps in my development over the past few months.”

As a result of Bayern Leverkusen’s 2-1 victory over Bayern, Nagelsmann was fired. He was replaced by Thomas Tuchel, who was drafted as a replacement for him.