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Julian Nagelsmann is keen to keep in-demand defender Benjamin Pavard at Bayern Munich after he scored twice in the Bundesliga leaders’ thrilling 5-3 win over Augsburg on Saturday.
Mergim Berisha opened the scoring for Augsburg early on, but Bayern surged into a 4-1 lead by the break as Joao Cancelo and Leroy Sane struck either side of Pavard’s brace.
While Berisha sealed his own double after the interval and Irvin Cardona also netted late on, Alphonso Davies’ goal ensured Bayern sealed a fourth successive win in relative comfort.
Last November, Pavard discussed the possibility of leaving Bayern for a new project, and with the France international’s contract due to expire next year, he has been linked with Barcelona, Inter and Manchester United.
Having seen the 26-year-old mark his 150th competitive Bayern outing with his first double for the club, Nagelsmann said: “Of course I want to keep Benjamin at Bayern.
“Playing in that position that he loves as a centre-back… he played very well today. So yes, I’d love to keep him.”
goals #MiaSanMia #FCBFCA pic.twitter.com/uc9RdB22OJ
— FC Bayern Munich (@FCBayernEN) March 11, 2023
Despite seeing Augsburg put to the sword in a typically ruthless Bayern performance, Nagelsmann was not impressed with some aspects of the hosts’ display.
“I’m happy with the result. It’s job done today, that was important,” Nagelsmann said.
“It was very similar to the game in the DFB-Pokal against Augsburg [a 5-2 win in October], it was a bit chaotic right from the start. We conceded the goal right away.
“Then we played really well for 30 minutes, everything was done well on our offensive side. In the second half, we did not have as much control or pressure any more.
“The game was a little bit too open in my opinion, we could have scored a couple more goals, but the result is above everything.
“Not everything was perfect on the offensive or defensive side, but all in all, it’s all about the three points.”
2.4 – FC Augsburg had an Expected Goals value of 2.4 – it was the highest Expected Goals value for an away team against FC Bayern in a competitive match since Julian Nagelsmann took charge of the Munich side. Brave. #FCBFCA pic.twitter.com/d168lYObyz
— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) March 11, 2023