Coach of the Bayern Munich football club, Julian Nagelsmann on Monday said he was assertive that he would be back on the bench for its UEFA Champions League Group E game on Tuesday. The coach was away from the team for about two-weeks owing to COVID-19 infection.

He had also missed Bayern FC’s 4-0 victory over Benfica about two weeks ago in Portugal as well as the German Cup matches but is now confident about his health for Tuesday’s game.

“You still feel there was something in your body but that’s normal. I feel well and I think and hope the test tomorrow will be negative and I will be there,” he told a virtual news conference from his home.

“There are far worse fates in life than to be at home for 14 days. It is of course unusual and you want to work with the players and be on the bench in the team. Hopefully that will be the case tomorrow,’ he added.

The Bavarians lost only one game in Nagelsmann’s absence. Bayern has nine points from three games, having scored 12 goals and conceding none, with Benfica in second place on four.

Bayern bounced back from its German Cup exit with a 5-2 win at Union Berlin in the Bundesliga on Saturday but it has conceded seven goals in its last two games and Nagelsmann said that needed to change.

The team needs to be more active throughout the UEFA Champions League, to go into the one-on-ones. The team has performed very well in some phases of the season so far, said Nagelsmann.

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