Leipzig (AP) – Four points from two games: with this calculation Julian Nagelsmann enters the duels against Paris Saint-Germain. The coach and the professionals of the Bundesliga football club RB Leipzig want to lay the foundation stone in their own stadium today (9 p.m. / DAZN).
With a win, the chances of progressing in the Champions League should increase significantly – and at the same time, RB would have reciprocated for the August semi-final.
RUN: Leipzig currently has to play seven games in 22 days. The two defeats in a row in Manchester and Mönchengladbach hurt twice. “Faults also make the load more noticeable,” explains Nagelsmann. A win over Paris should therefore not only reverse the profit trend, but also one for morale. “There is a certain pressure there. But I also see the pressure as a privilege,” said Nagelsmann.
LEARNING EFFECT: With 0: 3 in the semi-finals of the previous season, Leipzig had no chance for a long time. The Leipzigers are never tired of emphasizing the learning effect of this encounter in the run-up to the game. “We recognized our mistakes,” said Christopher Nkunku. “We have to correct what we did not do well in Lisbon. We have to score.” The 22-year-old Frenchman comes from the youth of PSG, but has only seen a few professional performances there.
WINNELESS NAGELSMANN: Since Thomas Tuchel once used him as an observer in Augsburg, Julian Nagelsmann’s desire grew to become a coach himself. The 33-year-old has come a long way, facing Tuchel four times along the way – and always losing. There were three defeats with Hoffenheim against Dortmund, another with RB against Paris. Still, Nagelsmann said: “It’s not a coaching duel, it’s about the two teams.”
NO SUPERSTARS: The best had to stay at home. The fact that both superstars are missing from Kylian Mbappé and Neymar in Paris is a hard blow for the French champion. In addition, striker Mauro Icardi had to pass on the offensive. Midfielders Julian Draxler and Marco Verratti also did not make the trip to Leipzig. “The team has to show even more mentally. It is up to us to show that we can fight together,” said PSG coach Tuchel.