Julian Nagelsmann: Hoffenheim’s young coach takes on Manchester City

The 31-year-old has transformed Hoffenheim but his decision to join RB Leipzig next summer has had a destabilising effect

It was short and sweet; a friendly handshake, a firm pat on the back before Julian Nagelsmann and Ralf Rangnick ran to their respective dugouts. The former was at pains to play down the intrigue surrounding Saturday’s meeting between his current team, Hoffenheim, and his employer-in-waiting, RB Leipzig, where Rangnick is holding the fort in a sporting director-cum-manager role. “It interests me zilch, who is on the other side,” Nagelsmann said. But it was, as SportBild described it, “a duel against the future” – one that Rangnick won.

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