Julian Nagelsmann from RB Leipzig will practice mask coaching

RB Leipzig Julian Nagelsmann whose side will be chasing a first Bundesliga The title when the German league resumes next weekend is to practice training with a face mask to be ready to return to action.

The 32-year-old, known in his early training days as Baby Mourinho, has a well-deserved reputation for attention to detail and will wear practice games this weekend to get used to the quirks of training in the midst of coronavirus health crisis

Among the rules for the Bundesliga 's return - the first major league to resume their program after suspending play in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic - are detailed instructions for coaches, including wearing a protective mask over their face as they work from the dugouts.

Nagelsmann said at a virtual press conference on Friday that he hoped it would be difficult to shout instructions to his players, despite the fact that they will be playing in empty stadiums where their voice will be easily transmitted.

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The new rules allow coaches to remove their mask to shout instructions, but only if they are at a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from others.

I will have to remove the mask from my face to scream and then put it back on when I stop. That is not going to be easy to coordinate, he said.

Always a perfectionist, he will try to wear a mask when his team practices for the next few days before their home game in Freiburg next Saturday, their first competitive game.

I'm going to have to train a little bit, he said.

I think it will have to be a face mask with extra strong elastic bands. Maybe I can get one with a big expansion board, he joked with reporters.

RB Leipzig, who eliminated Tottenham Hotspur in March to reach the Champions League quarter-finals, sit third in the Bundesliga, five points behind leaders Bayern Munich with nine games to play.