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Bundesliga legend Jürgen Klinsmann knows what it takes to win titles, and he has given his views on who he sees delivering silverware in 2022/23. - © Jan-Philipp Burmann/City-Press GmbH
Bundesliga legend Jürgen Klinsmann knows what it takes to win titles, and he has given his views on who he sees delivering silverware in 2022/23. - © Jan-Philipp Burmann/City-Press GmbH
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Jürgen Klinsmann talks Julian Nagelsmann, Edin Terzic, Domenico Tedesco and the 2022/23 Bundesliga title race

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Bundesliga legend, World Cup winner and naturalised US citizen Jürgen Klinsmann has been watching the first few weekends of Bundesliga action with a keen eye.

Speaking exclusively to bundesliga.com, he gives us his view on the potential title tussle this season between Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig in particular.

To start with, Klinsmann casts an expert eye over the youthful trio of coaches aiming for the very top of the Bundesliga pile: Julian Nagelsmann, Edin Terzic and Domenico Tedesco.

"Domenico Tedesco is just a positive character," Klinsmann said. "It’s a generation of young, promising coaches, Edin Terzic is another one, similar to Julian Nagelsmann - it’s this new wave of young coaches. It’s nice to see their energy, it’s nice to see their approach with young players, with all the players in general, because the type of communication that they have with their players is crucial. And they know how to communicate with that next generation of young people."

Julian Nagelsmann (l.) and Edin Terzic (r.) are two young coaches competing for the Bundesliga title. - Pool/Getty Images

Klinsmann won serious silverware himself at Bayern as a player – and he believes that Nagelsmann must improve on last season’s single-trophy haul.

"The expectations of Bayern are always the maximum," said Klinsmann, who coached the Bavarians in the 2008/09 season. "Bayern want to win, win titles, and Julian knows that. But he challenges himself by being there, doing that, and he will do everything he can to deliver to the club, and to deliver to the fans."

Meanwhile, others are undertaking the next assault on Bayern’s perennial perch at the top. In Dortmund, fans’ favourite Terzic has made a solid start to his second stint in charge – six points from three games. The big challenge here, for Klinsmann, is to keep the momentum going.

"You cannot just play one super-good game and then two mediocre games," he said. "You’ve got to get them consistent, and Edin knows that, that’s what he will work on. So, let’s hope for the best."

Watch: Dortmund's fresh start under Terzic

Leipzig are the other touted top pretenders to Bayern’s throne. A modern club with superstar Christopher Nkunku and coach Tedesco setting the tone. For Klinsmann, their DFB Cup success last season could have a vital psychological benefit.

“They'll be saying ’We can win trophies’, and they will go into this new season now with their own expectations to go out there and say – Let’s go at Bayern Munich, let’s challenge them, let’s make things happen," Klinsmann said.

So far, Tedesco and his equally ambitious charges have not quite clicked into gear. Sublime moments from Nkunku – but also costly lapses at the other end, and two draws for starters. By contrast, Terzic and Dortmund have mostly delivered the goods. Spirited team performances, with back-to-back victories to show for it. Nothing flashy, but a fresh purpose and determination. And Bayern? Thirteen goals in their first three competitive games, post-Lewandowski. Magic from Jamal Musiala and danger across the offensive line, not least with the addition of Sadio Mane.

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“And that’s going to be super interesting to see now," Klinsmann said. "Who’s gonna step it up and score more than 20 goals for Bayern Munich in the upcoming season, and how many goals will be delivered by the other players around? That’s gonna be a new situation in Munich."

The Bundesliga and its new generation of star coaches – Jürgen Klinsmann is keeping his focus firmly on the big picture.