Lisbon (dpa) – coach Julian Nagelsmann sees the collaboration and networking with the other clubs founded and sponsored by Red Bull as the cornerstone for RB Leipzig’s growing success.
“It’s very important. We are always looking for talented guys, we have clubs that develop their talent the same way we do. It’s easier for the players to get in the squad and play well,” said the 33- year old for the Bundesliga club’s first participation in the semi-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday in Lisbon against Paris Saint-Germain.
As an example, Nagelsmann cited the goalscorer for the 2-1 winner in the quarter-finals against Atlético Madrid, Tyler Adams. “I would be happy if there were more of its kind,” said Nagelsmann. The 21-year-old American boy was trained at New York Red Bulls before coming to Leipzig in 2019. In addition to the American project, CA Bragantino from Brazil is also part of the network, which until recently was coordinated by Ralf Rangnick.
Red Bull Salzburg has been performing formally separately for some time now. UEFA does not allow two clubs controlled by the same donor to participate in the same European Cup competition. In 2018, Red Bull and RB met in the group stage of the Europa League. Yet the connections are close. In the starting line-up against Atlético on Thursday, there were five professionals who previously played for Red Bull Salzburg.
Reaching the premier league semifinals, the RB project had now also provoked controversial international reactions with the fifth division’s rise to the continent’s top four. For Nagelsmann there is no end to this development. “It’s a great journey for RB Leipzig,” he said. “It is a big goal for the future to keep doing this so that we can develop at the same pace we have in the past seven years, which would be great for the future.”