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"Thomas Tuchel knows his football!"

Press conference with Julian Nagelsmann following quarter-final win against Atlético Madrid | Our head coach discusses the atmosphere within his squad, and semi-final opponents Paris Saint-Germain.

Semifinals! Die Roten Bullen have reached the final four of the UEFA Champions League after a hard-earned win against Atlético Madrid. Our Missão Final is still alive!

Head coach Julian Nagelsmann faced the press the day after our historic quarter-final victory, answering questions for the gathered journalists.

In the press conference he discussed various topics, including his team’s performance and the upcoming semi-final opponents Paris Saint-Germain.

Julian Nagelsmann on...

...the quarterfinal win:

  • "It was an unbelievable team performance yesterday. We lost control somewhat after we went 1-0 up, as we started to rush things. But after the equaliser we came back and started to play better again. We tried to fight for every ball right until the end, and we showed great patience.

    It was obviously pretty lucky that the second goal ended up in the back of the net, but our build-up play was very good. I’m happy for our full-backs, who both played their part in the goals. Until the very end, you could see that the lads believed that they would score. You couldn’t tell that we were the less experienced team out there.
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“I’ve received a few more WhatsApp texts than normal, but I’ve tried to answer them all.”
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"I sometimes just sent a quick “thanks” as my reply. It’s already taken me some time, and by the end of the match I was almost completely drained.”

...the atmosphere within the team:

  • "We rescheduled today’s training for this afternoon so that the lads could get a bit more sleep. There was obviously a great atmosphere yesterday, with a lot of energy. The lads celebrated well, but you could see even before kick-off that there was a special buzz around the team.

    The talk within the dressing room was really lively, the atmosphere was sizzling. The lads were determined and full of excitement - you couldn’t sense any tension or nerves. They relaxed during the day, but were focused and concentrated come kick-off. There was not one careless mistake in the whole match.”

...Marcel Halstenberg’s performance:

  • "I want to talk about Halste in particular. He was absolutely outstanding yesterday. He could barely train during the last few weeks and we didn’t necessarily plan for him to play the full 90 minutes - in the end he played all 97. He’s feeling good after his clash of heads yesterday; he’s not feeling any pain at all."

...the opponent for the upcoming semifinal, Paris Saint-Germain:

  • “Thomas Tuchel really knows his football. They attack in a dfifferent way to Atlético. They have unbelievable quality and some outstanding individual footballers – and with di Maria returning (from suspension) they have one of their top scorers coming back. In defence they are really impressive, with a lot of experience and a great mentality. But I know that my team will back themselves when they get out there on Tuesday.”

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