Manchester (dpa) – Time to digest the “peloton”, as Julian Nagelsmann described the 5-0 at Manchester United, does not last.
This Saturday (6.30 pm / Sky) Borussia Mönchengladbach, with the Leipzig-born Marco Rose, has a top match in the Bundesliga for the unbeaten table captain RB Leipzig. Four days later, the new edition of the semi-finals in August awaits in the premier class, when Paris Saint-Germain won 3-0 in the final tournament in Lisbon.
It could be another uncomfortable autumn for the Saxons. In the previous year, RB started with 13 points after five days as the leader, but then played four games without a win (two losses) and dropped to sixth place. Nagelsmann wants to prevent that this time.
Suddenly, his main concern is his showpiece – the defense against the acclaimed French Dayot Upamecano. “We stopped defending then, that doesn’t make things any easier,” said the head coach after the bitter evening at Old Trafford. RB conceded only three goals in five games in the Bundesliga, in the first away game in the Champions League in the game of the two opening winners, there were three goals in a good fifteen minutes.
“You can lose a match like that, but you can’t reach the last three goals without defending yourself, because that has something to do with respect”, Nagelsmann emphasized the last fifteen minutes: “The worst in a long time”. Yussuf Poulsen commented on the desolate performance: “For whatever reason, we fell apart after the 2-0 draw.”
The self-proclaimed Red Bulls were especially physically tough against the Red Devils, who took their first home win of the season. “First the simple size of the opponents, who were superior to us in many aerial duels, but also on the ground. The Premier League is clearly more difficult than the Bundesliga when it comes to the game,” Nagelsmann said, adding soberingly: “We learned the hard way. Must learn from it.”
But Leipzig’s attack power was too harmless. “They were good in the back, very compact, we didn’t create enough opportunities, we have to do better in the coming weeks,” said Poulsen. RB’s problem area was clearly the last third. “We weren’t consistent enough and didn’t attack our opponents enough in the pits,” said Emil Forsberg, adding, “We should have found better solutions there. We should have crossed more.”
RB’s substitutions for the slightly ill captain Marcel Sabitzer were killed, while the tactical changes and substitutions of Man United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer caught fire. The Norwegian initially relied on the younger Mason Greenwood, who took the lead (21st minute). Then substitute Marcus Rashford exploded with a three-pack (73./78./90.+2). Meanwhile, Anthony Martial had scored with a penalty kick (87.) after making a foul on him by Sabitzer. “The whole time you feel like things are going really well. And then you suffer a 5-0 defeat,” Nagelsmann said on the bitter evening.