Fan press conference with the gaffer! RB Leipzig return to action on May 16 with a home fixture against SC Freiburg. In anticipation of this, Julian Nagelsmann took to live chat to answer your questions.
The Bulls' head coach spoke about anticipation for the restart of the Bundesliga, fitness levels and playing the remaining matches behind closed doors.
Julian Nagelsmann on ...
… Bundesliga restart:
- "I'm really excited to back to it. We want to test ourselves in sport and come away from these tests as winners. That's our motivation!
The lads are raring to go and are chasing the ball with the joy of children in training. We want to defend our spot in the table and end the season on a high."
… fitness levels in the team:
- "Individual training, even during lockdown, meant the boys could keep fit. Every club has had to deal with this. I'm optimistic that we'll see a good match against Freiburg, even with fewer training sessions."
… matches played behind closed doors:
- "The absence of the fans will be detrimental on an emotional level. The emotional moments, like the home game against Benfica - when the stadium erupted, will be missing.
We need to get on with it without the emotional drive from our fans. But I will say this; we want to, and will, entertain our fans watching at home. If I may ask one thing; if you live near the ground, then sing and celebrate from your window or out on the balcony - obviously only in your own homes and not en masse. I'd love that."
… quarantine at the training ground:
- "Because it'll be a shorter break, we won't do a training camp outside of Leizpig in summer. In a certain manner, we've now got a sort of preseason training camp. The conditions at our training ground are great and I have no doubts that we'll do well here. To this end, I'm optimistic about being quarantined before the Bundesliga begins."
… five subs per game:
- "It's FIFA's idea, I don't think it's a bad one in terms of fitness. But I am afraid that these new rules may be tactically abused. Just to run time down, that's not the spirit of it."
… being a head coach:
- "Thomas Tuchel influenced me. I learnt a lot about football from him. You can always a lot from other coaches, but it's not easy to adapt everything. You need to find your own way of doing things, and not just follow in the footsteps of others."
… one of his best moments with RB Leipzig:
- "Emil Forsberg's goal in the Champions League home game against Benfica was extremely emotional. It's the kind of story only football can write. Going through at home gave me goosebumps."
… Lukas Klostermann's contract extension:
- "We're really happy that Lukas Klostermann has extended until 2024. He's a really valuable players, who's a leader on and off the pitch and always has his heart in the right place. He will continue to influence our style, develop and get better."
… the injured Kevin Kampl, Ibrahima Konaté and Willi Orban:
- "Kevin Kampl has trained well and might play against Freiburg. For Ibrahima Konaté and Willi Orban, it's still too early."