Leipzig’s Nagelsmann To Practise Coaching In Face Mask

"I'll have to put the mask off my face to scream and then put it back on again when I stop. That's not going to be easy to co-ordinate,"

RB Leipzig Julian Nagelsmann is to practise coaching wearing a face mask as his side will be chasing the Bundesliga title when the German League resumes.

Julian Nagelsmann, 32-year-old, known in his early coaching days as ‘Baby Mourinho’, has a well-earned reputation for attention to details and will be using practice games this weekend to get to peculiarities in coaching, due to coronavirus health crisis.

Bundesliga has been suspended since mid-March due to coronavirus outbreak, Bundesliga has rules for the return and are detailed instructions for coaches, which include wearing a protective mask over their face as they work from the dugouts.

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Nagelsmann told a virtual news conference on Friday that he expected it would prove to be difficult to shout instructions to his players, even though they will be playing in empty stadiums.

The new rules allow coaches to take off the masks only when shouting instructions at a minimum distance of 1.5 metres away from others.

“I’ll have to put the mask off my face to scream and then put it back on again when I stop. That’s not going to be easy to co-ordinate,” Nagelsmann said.

He will train wearing a mask when his team practise over the next few days ahead of their matches at home to Freiburg next Saturday, their first competitive game back.

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“I’m going to have to train a little,” he said.

“I reckon it will be a face mask with extra strength elastic bands. Maybe I can get one with a large expansion joint,” he joked with reporters.

RB Leipzig, who eliminated Tottenham Hotspur in March to reach the Champions League quarterfinals, sit third in the Bundesliga, five points behind Bayern Munich with nine games left.


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