The Bavarians barely avoided a slip-up at home on Sunday as the visitors showed great fightback resolute but fell slightly short.
Julian Nagelsmann was glad to see Bayern Munich walk away with all three points from their “incredibly intense” Bundesliga clash with Koln on Sunday.
Koln then scored two goals in a space of two minutes to put the defending champions, whose defense had looked shaky for the better part of 90 minutes, in an uncomfortable position.
However, Gnabry stepped up and hammered a shot into the back of the net to restore his side’s lead, and his goal proved to be the match-winner.
“We had a decent start to the game,” started Nagelsmann, discussing the match events in his post-match press conference.
“The problem was we lost the ball a lot in the final third throughout the first half and then the game became incredibly intense.
“You could see that at the end. When it went to 2-2, we lacked energy. We changed things at half-time, came out well and scored some nice goals. We deserved to lead at that stage.
“Then we conceded the goals within two minutes, in a very similar way to how Koln scored in their first game last week, after two outstanding crosses that we have to defend earlier on in the move. The cross itself is then no longer so easy to defend.
“Then the game was on a knife edge and could have tipped in either direction. In the end, we had one luckier moment more and a very good finish from Serge.
“That’s why we’re happy about the victory. But we also know we still have some work to do. I think that’s normal and we don’t always have to do it again after we’ve worked on it.
“In the end, the victory is important for us and we’re happy about it. We are the happier winners today.”