Our MISSÃO FINAL has come to an end.
After a remarkable run to the semi-finals, our UEFA Champions League journey ultimately came to an end in the final four. Julian Nagelsmann's boys were beaten 3-0 by French champions Paris St. Germain, who will now play FC Bayern Munich in the final. Nevertheless, we are incredibly proud of what we have achieved!
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+++ Wednesday, 19th August +++
Our journey has come to an end. After last night's defeat to PSG, the team checked out of their hotel this morning and boarded an 11:30 CEST flight to Leipzig.
Even though our Missão Final remains incomplete, we can still be incredibly proud of what we have achieved. In just our second ever appearace in the UEFA Champions League, we won the group ahead of Lyon, Benfica and Zenit St. Peterburg, and knocked out Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid on our way into the semi-finals. It was a thrilling adventure and one we can't wait to start all over again in October!
+++ Tuesday, 18th August +++
Just like ahead of the successful quarterfinal against Atletico, Julian Nagelsmann had his team go through a light workout at midday. After lunch and a short rest, the players met up for the pre-match team talk. At 7pm, it was then time to head to the stadium.
Die Roten Bullen were beaten 3-0 by French champions Paris Saint-Germain. Captain Yussuf Poulsen & Co. fought hard, but struggled to break down the PSG back line, while the quality of Neymar and Angel di Maria in particular shone through at the other end.
+++ Monday, 17th August +++
Hee-chan Hwang, Benny Henrichs, Yvon Mvogo, Josep Martinez and Philipp Tschauner took to the training pitches in Estoril in the morning, with all of them training individually.
On Monday evening, the whole team took part in final training at the Estádio da Luz one day ahead of our semi-final against Paris.
CEO Oliver Mitzlaff has returned to Lisbon again ahead of the semi-final and spoke to the media about the game, RB Leipzig's developement and how proud he is of that.
+++ Sunday, 16th August +++
The lads kicked their Sunday off with a video analysis session after breakfast. Training then took place out in the sun, with Julian Nagelsmann's training session focusing on tactics as well as the upcoming semi-final opponent, Paris Saint-Germain.
Sporting director Markus Krösche spoke to the press ahead of the semi-final clash with Paris Saint-Germain, highlighting the club's ambitions by saying: "We will fight to the end to reach the final."
During the afternoon the entire squad gathered in the garden of the team hotel in order to take the first team photo of the season. Say "cheese!"
+++ Saturday, 15th August +++
Julian Nagelsmann rewarded his side with a day off, which the players used to rest and recover. Lukas Klostermann, Tyler Adams, Marcel Halstenberg, Benjamin Henrichs, Marcel Sabitzer and Konrad Laimer took it upon themselves to complete some stability work.
Ibrahima Konaté completed an individual training session.
+++ Friday, 14th August +++
Die Roten Bullen have done it! We have reached the UEFA Champions League semifinals. Following our 2-1 win against Atlético Madrid, the starting XI were treated to an ice bath, whilst the remaining players played out a training match.
New signing Hee-chan Hwang also took part in the training match, while Benjamin Henrichs completed another individual training session.
Our head coach Julian Nagelsmann faced the press, answering their questions about the quarter-final match against Atlético Madrid. He also looked ahead to the semifinal and gave a brief assessment of our next opponents, Paris Saint-Germain.
+++ Player news after our quarterfinal +++
- Dayot Upamecano received the "Man of the Match" award for his outstanding performance. Upa was also nominated for Champions League "Player of the Week".
- In his first Champions League match for RB Leipzig, Dani Olmo scored his first Champions League goal for the club.
- Tyler Adams scored the winning goal with his first shot in the UEFA Champions League.
- Marcel Sabitzer provided a perfect assist for the opening goal and has now been involved in seven Champions League goals this season (four goals, 3 assists.)
- Marcel Halstenberg was able to play after overcoming back issues, completing the entire 90 minutes despite a clash of heads in the 35th minute.
+++ Thursday, 13th August +++
The players worked up a sweat at noon, before having a rest after lunch. The team bus set off for the stadium at 19:00 CEST.
Die Roten Bullen got past Atlético Madrid with a hard-earned 2-1 victory. The team was organised brilliantly and played some great football whilst also battling well. Atlético cancelled out Dani Olmo's opener (50') with a penalty scored by João Félix (71'). Tyler Adams settled the match, scoring via a deflection to put RB Leipzig 2-1 to the good (88').
+++ Wednesday, 12th August +++
After the completion of Wednesday's press conferences, the team trained at the Estadio José Alvalade, getting a feel for the stadium where we will face Atlético on Thursday.
Marcel Halstenberg and Patrik Schick made a good impression in training, according to Julian Nagelsmann. They are ready for the match against Atlético, although the head coach was unsure if they will be in the starting line-up, or whether they are able to complete the full 90 minutes.
+++ Tuesday, 11th August +++
Die Roten Bullen completed some light training on Tuesday morning. Nagelsmann gave his players some time off this afternoon.
+++ Monday, 10th August +++
Monday's training was scheduled for 18:00 and saw the team complete an 11 vs 11 session with a special focus on tactics.
Ibrahima Konaté and Benjamin Henrichs continued to train individually. All other players are currently in team training.
+++ Sunday, 9th August +++
The team completed their first training session in Lisbon on Sunday morning. On a hot day, Julian Nagelsmann's men trained at the home of local second-tier side GD Estoril Praia.
Team training began at 11:00 local time with an hour-long warmup session.
Ibrahima Konaté completed a rehab session as planned.
Benjamin Henrichs worked alone in the weights room.
Kevin Kampl was in a good mood as he faced the press, appearing highly-motivated for the upcoming quarterfinal.
We have a great squad with just as much quality as Atlético. We always pose an attacking threat, regardless of who plays or which formation we use. Everyone is well aware of this opportunity that we have. Everyone is going to fight for victory so that we can progress to the semifinals.
+++ Saturday, 8th August +++
Before die Roten Bullen left for Portugal, the team completed a morning training session in Leipzig.
The team travelled to the airport by shuttlesbus, departing at 13:30 CEST. They caught the 15:30 plane to Lisbon and arrived at 18:30 local time. The players checked into the team hotel one hour later.
Prior to the journey, head coach Julian Nagelsmann answered a few important questions regarding the trip to Lisbon.
Our preparation for the Champions League is going well. I am very pleased with all of the training sessions, and the boys have given it everything. In Lisbon the training sessions will focus more on the tactical side, so that we can stay fresh and ready to play our best football.
+++ Friday, 7th August +++
All of the important details ahead of the team's departure for Portugal:
- An expanded squad is available during this Champions League tournament, with 23 players allowed instead of the usual 18.
- Three academy players will also travel to Lisbon: Hugo Novoa, Joscha Wosz and Dennis Borkowski.
- Our new summer signings Hee-chan Hwang, Benjamin Henrichs and Josep Martínez are not available for selection but will join the team in Portugal.
- Ibrahima Konaté will also travel. He will complete his individual training in Lisbon with the squad.
- The departing Timo Werner and Ethan Ampadu will no longer be in the squad. Neither will outgoing loanees Frederik Jäkel, Tom Krauß and Hannes Wolf.