"We want to pick up where we let off in Mainz!"

Head coach Julian Nagelsmann spoke to the media ahead of the home game against Hertha BSC | Emil Forsberg fit again, Yussuf Poulsen, Ethan Ampadu and Ibrahima Konaté all out

A double gameweek for RB Leipzig! Just three days after the away game in Mainz, RB will host Hertha BSC on Wednesday night (18:30 CEST) in the Red Bull Arena. Both teams are in good form, as Hertha have won both games since the restart, while the Bulls were 5-0 winners in their last match.

Julian Nagelsmann spoke about Hertha's new coach, ex-Leipzig man Matheus Cunha and the Bulls' strong defence.

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… Hertha's form:

  • "They have been good recently. They were extremely vulnerable at the back before the break and were conceding a lot of goals. In a short space of time, Bruno Labbadia has managed to steady the ship. We are prepared for the fact they are playing well and that they will want some points. They have good players and Labbadia is a very passionate coach. I'm glad that he's back in the Bundesliga, but I hope their run of form comes to an end. We want to pick up where we left off in Mainz."

… Hertha's expected tactics:

  • "It's hard to predict exactly how Hertha will play as it's only their third game under Bruno Labbadia. They will probably sit deep and play on the break. Vedad Ibisevic is excellent with his back to goal and Matheus Cunha is great on the ball. Dodi Lukebakio is very quick and dangerous on the counter, so we'll have to be careful when we lose possession. We're well prepared."

… Matheus Cunha:

  •  Matheus Cunha is playing really well at the moment. He's a huge talent and possesses so much skill. He didn't find his position here in Leipzig. Unfortunately, he didn't convert many of his chances into goals. We agreed that a move was the right decision. If I were his coach now, I would be more satisified with his performances now than I was when he played for me."

… Dani Olmo:

  • "I was really pleasd with how Dani Olmo played in Mainz. He has the potential to be more dangerous in front of goal and we hope that he will get more chances to score in the future. Dani could be the one to unlock Hertha's defensive tactics in the final third. Dani was previously unhappy and wanted to speak to me, which pleased me. As a player, you are under pressure to perform and he did just that. It was the kind of reaction that I was hoping for."

… Kevin Kampl:

  • "Kevin Kampl is an unbelievably good footballer. I'm not surprised that he has come back so strongly. He is capable of returning from long injury breaks quickly. Kevin has a lot of the qualities that I want from a number 6."

… RB's strong defence:

  • "Marcel Halstenberg and Lukas Klostermann have been outstanding in the last two games. Dayot Upamecano is one of the best defenders in the league. Péter Gulácsi is reliable and is always switched on for shots on his goal. We are also improving our game with the ball. I'm still happy, even though we've conceded a few more goals than last season. Our aim is to let in a similarly low amount of goals as we did last term. If we manage that, we'll be looking good with our strong attack."
Emil Forsberg is an option for Wednesday's game.

+++ Squad News +++

  • Yussuf Poulsen is out for the foreseeable future after damaging a ligament in his right ankle.
  • Ethan Ampadu is still out with a back problem.
  • Ibrahima Konaté will not return for the Hertha game.
  • Emil Forsberg has recovered from tonsilitis and is an option to face Hertha.
  • Marcel Halstenberg, Timo Werner and Marcel Sabitzer have all picked up four yellow cards and would be banned for the next game if they pick up another one.

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