Monday night under the lights. RB Leipzig are away in Cologne for matchday 29 of the Bundesliga. Both teams suffered a setback in midweek; we slumped to a home draw against Hertha BSC, while the 'Billy Goats' lost 3-1 to Hoffenheim.
Nonetheless, Julian Nagelsmann's men are highly motivated for the game and want to put three points on the board. In his press conference, the Bulls' boss spoke about the upcoming opponents, the team's development and gave a personnel update.
Julian Nagelsmann on ...
… Köln's development:
- "1. FC Köln have undergone an impressive transformation under Markus Gisdol. They've tightened up and strengthened in midfield. Markus' way of playing is very direct. They're strong at the set piece. They're now more aggressive in defence and create a lot of good chances to score. They have started well after such a long break. They suffered a little setback against TSG Hoffenheim, but are generally a team on the up."
… The match schedule:
- "We're used to playing every three days. So I haven't criticised the schedule of games. But I can say that the fixture list hasn't always been kind to us - we often had to play away after a midweek Champions League game. You have to compare the two teams who are facing each other. Hertha BSC simply had two days more rest than us.
- We were a bit tired and didn't have our best day. It's always a bit of a tough ask to come from behind - especially when the fans aren't there with you and you haven't recovered from the Mainz game. Our last three goals conceded have all come from set-pieces. We need to defend these much better. If we don't concede first, our quality shines through. We're happy to be able to have enough time to prepare for the game in Cologne."
… What's at stake:
- "We can have the best ever season in the club's history. In order to achieve that, we want to and need to get points. The game against Hertha was our worst game in a long time. Now we have the chance to add to our good points tally."
… Bayern Munich:
- "Some players just develop faster than others; our squad hasn't quite progressed at the same rate over the course of the season. Our performances have varied perhaps a bit too much, and we don't necessarily have a full squad to compensate for that. But that's totally normal for such a young team - that's our only difference to Bayern.
+++ Team News +++
- Yussuf Poulsen is out with a ligament injury.
- Ethan Ampadu is still out due to back problems.
- Ibrahima Konaté is still injured and will not be fit for Köln.
- Kevin Kampl is still a doubt. He is still suffering from a trapped nerve. After tests on Friday, we hope he will be able to train with the team on Saturday.
- Timo Werner and Marcel Sabitzer are both on four yellow cards. A booking for either one in Cologne would mean suspension.
- Marcel Halstenberg is out through suspension after being sent off for two bookable offences against Hertha.