Leipzig (AP) – The otherwise rather introverted Peter Gulacsi danced exuberantly on the table in the cabin, Julian Nagelsmann was poured over with cold drinks by his party boys.
The memorable evening with the top-tier knockout for Manchester United was also a symbol of RB Leipzig’s maturation process. “The guys are doing extraordinary things on the field. As a coach, you just want it to continue like this,” Nagelsmann told them after the 3-2 win in the group final. Red Devils.
After the strong 3: 3 at FC Bayern, the Leipziger now even eliminated the English record champion. In view of the next Bundesliga task on Saturday (3.30pm / Sky) against Werder Bremen, the 33-year-old head coach said: “I think we’ve grown up compared to last year. Maybe that’s the comparison that can be drawn. . That we have not given up in the league against supposedly weaker teams, which happened a few times last year. “It can” happen sometimes, but we are already grown up. The boys are greedy, still greedy. The boys believe in themselves, have a top mentality, marching to the end, are machines “.
Even setbacks like the controversial penalty (80th), which started the late race to overtake the British, Sabitzer and Co. “Psychologically it was certainly not easy after the two goals against. But to hold on steadfastly, that is certainly a maturation process, so they deserve to be in the knockout phase again,” said Nagelsmann, whose game plan worked again. After Angeliño’s lightning goal after 109 seconds, Amadou Haidara (13th) and Justin Kluivert (69th) made it 3-0. In the closing stages, Gulacsi then held on to the win with strong saves.
In addition to lightning-fast goalscorer Angeliño, Willi Orban, who was in the base of yellow-banned defense chief Dayot Upamecano, received special praise. “I pressed him in the locker room again and told him it was an exceptionally good game for him,” said Nagelsmann, adding: “Willi defended incredibly well against the Englishman’s fast arrows. He was strong in the air, Strong. on the ground, the opening of the race was also good. He is a full-fledged pro. “
Despite shorter playing times, the Hungarian national player has “a very nice character”. He also gets in line from time to time and is there when he is needed. Orban, on the other hand, saw room for improvement: “Ultimately it was seen that we weren’t that scammed, but we are taking steps.” At the same time, he spoke of a “clear exclamation mark, it wasn’t a flash in the pan” after reaching the last 16.
Nagelsmann sees it that way too. “The win is very important for the boys because they just realize that last season was not a one-hit miracle,” he said, while thinking about the development process of his young team, “It’s important to get players to the It. Keeping the club is also important to find new players. “By winning the group final and making it to the round of 16, RB received an extra 12.2 million euros in bonus.