An unforgettable European journey came to an end on Tuesday night. Our Champions League campaign came to an end after 10 games as we lost 3-0 to PSG in the semi-finals. Despite the loss, the main emotion after the game was proudness after our best ever Champions league run.
+++ The Goalscorers +++
Our first Champions League goal of the season came after 69 minutes on matchday 1 in Lisbon. Timo Werner put us in front away to Benfica and added a second soon after to secure a 2-1 win for us. We managed eight more goals in the group stage, including a worldie from Marcel Sabitzer at home to Zenit and Emil Forsberg's last minute equliser against Benfica in Leipzig.
We reached the knockout stages for the first time after an excellent group stage. We were then drawn against Tottenham Hotspur, coached by José Mourinho. Timo Werner's penalty gave us a 1-0 win in London, before we won the second leg 3-0! Marcel Sabitzer (2) and Emil Forsberg got the goals to book our place in the quarterfinals.
We faced Atletico Madrid in the Champions League tournament in Lisbon. A brilliant display saw us go 1-0 up thanks to Dani Olmo's first UCL goal for the Bulls. The Spanish side equalised after the break, but Tyler Adams won it late on with a deflected shot from the edge of the box.
Seven different players scored for us in the Champions League this season:
+++ The Providers+++
Marcel Sabitzer's pinpoint cross against Atlético Madrid was the 16th touch of a perfectly executed attack by the Bulls. Dani Olmo was on the end of it and managed to direct his header past world-class goalkeeper Jan Oblak into the far corner. The goal meant it was a third assist of the tournament for Sabitzer, which saw him overtake Timo Werner and Yussuf Poulsen as our best assist provider of the Champions League season.
- 3 assists
- 2 assists
Timo Werner, Angelino, Yussuf Poulsen
- 1 assist
Emil Forsberg, Tyler Adams, Konrad Laimer, Lukas Klostermann,
Christopher Nkunku, Patrik Schick
+++ Goal involvements +++
Marcel Sabitzer topped the goal and assist charts for the club. In addition to his wonder-strike against Zenit, Sabitzer found the back of the net on three more occasions. In the opening game against Benfica, he registered the first of three assists in the tournament. Sabitzer sat atop the goal-involvement list with seven involvements, ahead of Timo Werner (six involvements) and Emil Forsberg (five involvements).
- Marcel Sabitzer: 7 involvements
- Timo Werner: 6 involvements
- Emil Forsberg: 5 involvements
+++ Method of scoring +++
On the journey from the group stages to the semifinals, the Bulls scored 16 goals. Goalscorers Emil Forsberg, Marcel Sabitzer and Timo Werner coverteed their goals mostly with the right foot, with 12 of the total 16 being scored in this way.
Our goal breakdown:
- 12 goals from right-footed shots
- 1 goal from left-footed shot
- 3 goals from headers
+++ The most-used players +++
One area where head coach Julian Nagelsmann was reluctant to make many changes was defense. Defenders Lukas Klostermann and Nordi Mukiele played in every Champions League game, as did Konrad Laimer in midfield. The player with the most Champions League minutes in the squad this season is goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi, who only missed a few minutes of the campaign during the home game agaisnt Benfica, when he had to be replaced due to injury in the 64th minute.
Top appearance makers:
- Péter Gulácsi: 874 minutes
- Lukas Klostermann: 810 minutes
- Konrad Laimer: 717 minutes
- Nordi Mukiele: 695 minutes
+++ The Debutants+++
Our return to the Champions League allowed 6 more Red Bulls to make their debuts in the competition. In addition to Yvon Mvogo and Amadou Haidara, Nordi Mukiele and Tyler Adams were able to walk out to the iconic anthem for the first time as RB Leipzig players. There were more iconic moments for the club: Dani Olmo and Tyler Adams scored their first Champions League goals for RB Leipzig. Yussuf Poulsen captained the side for the first time in Europe's top competition and Dayot Upamecano won the "Man of the Match" for the game against Atlético Madrid. As a club, we qualified for the knockout stage for the first time and also reached the semi-finals for the first time in the club's history.
Our Champions League Debutants 2019/20:
- Nordi Mukiele (away to Benfica)
- Amadou Haidara (away to Benfica)
- Yvon Mvogo (home to Benfica)
- Tyler Adams (in quarter-final against Atlético Madrid)
- Matheus Cunha (home to Zenit St. Petersburg)
- Ethan Ampadu (home to Benfica)