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Julian Nagelsmann reveals death threats after Bayern Munich's shock Champions League exit

Toby Cudworth
Nagelsmann's Bayern surprisingly lost to Villarreal in the Champions League
Nagelsmann's Bayern surprisingly lost to Villarreal in the Champions League / Christian Kaspar-Bartke/GettyImages

Julian Nagelsmann says he has received death threats in the aftermath of Bayern Munich's surprise Champions League exit.

The Bundesliga giants were heavy favourites to overcome Villarreal in the quarter-finals, despite losing their first leg clash 1-0, but were unable to overturn the deficit at the Allianz Arena - Samuel Chukwueze's late goal for the Spaniards enough to dump Bayern out of the competition.

Unai Emery's side will now play Liverpool for a place in the Champions League final, but it's back to the drawing board for Nagelsmann and Bayern - who won the competition two years ago after going undefeated for the entirety of their 2019/20 European campaign.

Speaking about Bayern's shock exit to the press, 34-year-old Nagelsmann, who succeeded Hansi Flick as manager at the beginning of the season, revealed he'd received threats on social media aimed towards him and his family.

"I know I will always get criticism from all sides - that's normal and I can deal with it," Nagelsmann said. "But with 450 death threats on Instagram, it's not so easy.

"If people want to kill me that's one thing, but they also attack my own mother, who doesn't even care about football," he added.

"I don't understand it. As soon as they turn off the TV, people forget all decency. And they think they are the ones in the right, that's the crazy thing."

Asked whether he had considered legal action, Nagelsmann replied: "I would never be done with it. I get them after every single game, regardless of whether we win or lose.

"There are more death threats when we play with a back three than when we play with a back four, and obviously a few more whenever we lose."

Bayern are almost certain to retain the Bundesliga title for a 10th consecutive season under Nagelsmann, with a nine-point advantage over closest rivals Borussia Dortmund unlikely to be surpassed with just seven games of the season remaining.