The 34-year-old German tactician traveled with the team to Portugal to take on Benfica on Wednesday, October 20. However, the coach had to remain in the club’s hotel room during the Champions League group stage game because he developed symptoms of covid-19.
According to a statement from the club, Julian Nagelsmann developed a ‘flu-like infection’ hours before the kick-off of the game which made it unhealthy for him to continue to mingle with the rest of the squad.
Bayern Munich went ahead to play the game without Julian Nagelsmann on the touchline. Despite his absence, Bayern Munich went on to beat their hosts 0-4 excluding the two goals the Video Assistant Referee disallowed.
The star man for Bayern Munich in the Champions League game was Leroy Sane. The winger scored in the 70th minute through a free-kick. Benfica’s Everton scored an own goal in the 80th minute.
In the 82nd minute, Robert Lewandowski made it a three goals lead and in the 84th minute, Leroy Sane made it a 4-0 win.
The win has solidified Bayern Munich leadership of Group E. Bayern are leading the table with 9 points in three games, five points above second-placed Porto, and six points above third-placed FC Barcelona.
After the game, Nagelsmann had to undergo a coronavirus test and it was confirmed on Thursday morning, October 21 that he had contracted coronavirus.
Hence, he didn’t fly from Portugal to Germany with his squad. He had to travel separately for the safety of his team.
A statement from Bayern read: “Julian Nagelsmann has tested positive for coronavirus despite being fully vaccinated.
“He will fly back to Munich separately from the team in a medical plane and isolate back there.”
Julian Nagelsmann ist trotz vollständigen Impfschutzes positiv auf das Coronavirus getestet worden. Er wird getrennt von der Mannschaft mit einem Ambulanzflieger nach München zurückkehren und sich dort in häusliche Isolation begeben.— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) October 21, 2021
As it stands, Julian Nagelsmann would not be on the pitchside when Bayern Munich take on Hoffenheim on Saturday in a German Bundesliga match. The match will kick off at 14:30.
He might not also be available when Bayern Munich take on Borussia Mönchengladbach on October 27 in the second round of DFB Pokal.