Leipzig (dpa) – Twice in a row in the knockout round of the Champions League: For Julian Nagelsmann, reaching the second round in only the third participation in the premier class is not a matter of course, but proof of the maturation process of RB Leipzig.
“It also affects one or the other big club that is stuck. You can see that in our group. The guys do extraordinary things on the field. As a coach you only have one wish. Say that this will continue,” Nagelsmann said after Tuesday night’s 3-2 win in the group final against Manchester United.
After the 3: 3 at the German record champion FC Bayern, the team from Leipzig 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 didn’t give up in the league against supposedly weaker teams, which happened a few times last year. “It could” happen, but then we’re grown up. The boys are greedy, still greedy. The boys believe. in themselves, have a top mindset, marching to the end “.
After the victory over the Red Devils, who outperformed RB at Old Trafford 5-0 in the first leg, Nagelsmann put every player under pressure and roared his joy into the evening air. With high-speed football, the Saxons sometimes played the British dizzy and passed the 20-time English champion in Group H, who is top class with Paris Saint-Germain.
After Angeliño’s lightning goal after 109 seconds, Amadou Haidara (13th) and Justin Kluivert (69th) scored for Leipzig. Bruno Fernandes (80th / foul penalty) and Paul Pogba (82nd) again caused tension. But RB goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi held onto the win with strong parades. It is not yet clear whether Leipzig will finish the preliminary round as group winner. The parallel match between Paris and Istanbul Basaksehir was canceled due to an incident of racism – with a win on the catch-up date on Wednesday (6:55 pm) PSG would surpass Leipzig.
Nagelsmann condemned the incidents during the parallel game. During his own game, he only heard during half-time that it was about ‘insults’, Nagelsmann said. “I condemn that in the strongest possible terms. We live in a colorful society, that’s a good thing, something like that shouldn’t happen, not on the football field or anywhere.”