The participation of three coaches Julian Nagelsmann, Hansi Flick and Thomas Tuchel in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals this season brings a special record of European football.
Bayern Munich won tickets to the semifinals of the Champions League with a jubilant 8-2 victory over Barcelona, causing shockwaves throughout the football world. Nagelsmann helped RB Leipzig knock out another Spanish opponent with a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid to prepare to face his former teacher Tuchel, who helped Paris Saint Germain make a spectacular comeback against Atalanta 2-1 earlier.
Thus, Julian Nagelsmann, Hansi Flick and Thomas Tuchel will participate in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the first time. Not only that, this is also the first time in the history of Europe’s most prestigious tournament that three coaches from the same country (Germany) have participated in the semi-finals.
“It was a great moment of success for German football,” said Oliver Bierhoff, a former Germany striker, technical director of the German national team and academy director of the German Football Federation. We are very proud that not only have two German teams in the semi-finals but also three German coaches and a lot of our players in the top four most powerful teams in Europe.
This trio of coaches have just “set foot on a new land”, before that they have never reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. In addition, coach Flick could set a new record if Bayern Munich won the semi-final against Lyon: no coach has ever won seven consecutive Champions League victories for the first time. Since taking the position of head coach at Bayern Munich instead of Niko Kovac, Flick helped Bayern Munich to win 3 matches in the second leg of the Champions League group stage before winning Chelsea 2 times and returning (3-0 and 4-1) and then pressed beat Barcelona 8-2 in the quarterfinals.
The flick also helped Bayern Munich win the Bundesliga championship with the German Cup and hope to have another treble. The last time “Gray Lobster” did that was defeating Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final in 2013. It was also the last time two Bundesliga teams participated in the semi-finals of Europe’s most prestigious tournament.