A home game against Bremen! On Saturday, Leipzig return to their home territory for a date with SV Werder Bremen (15:30 CET). Julian Nagelsmann's side are hoping to regain top spot with a win - until Sunday at least.
In his press conference, our head coach gave his thoughts on Saturday's oppositon, his troops and captain Marcel Sabitzer's new role.
Julian Nagelsmann on ...
... Werder Bremen:
- "Our last game in Bremen was no walk in the park. There's no use in underestimating them. No matter where they are in the table.
Werder still play attractive football, and they give top performances against top teams. In addition, Florian Kohfeldt is one of the best head coaches out there. He gets them playing a brand of football that is good to watch. Bremen have had a lot of bad luck with injuries throughout the season. Their squad has been stretched the the limit. But they still try to play their own way, it's impressive."
... our Team:
- "We're starting to implement my ideas a lot better than we did at the start of the season. But we're still going through weak phases time and time again. We need to get over this. Against Bayern, we avoided pressure a lot better than we did against Gladbach. We've trained well this week and I'm really pleased with the boys. They're showing power and passion every day. The good performance in Munich gives us a lot of confidence, of course. The team has a lot of potential and hasn't peaked yet."
... Marcel Sabitzer:
- "Marcel has done really well in his new postion, in the number six role, up until now. An attack-minded player in this position gives us a lot of flexibility. He was really vocal from a deeper position against Bayern. You can get a better view of the game as a six than you do as a ten, where most of the pitch is behind you. He can act a bit more like a captain in this new role. Sabi always tries to do what I tell him, whatever position he plays."
+++ squad update +++
- Marcel Halstenberg and Konrad Laimer have both picked up four yellow cards each. Both players risk supsension with one more booking.
- Tyler Adams has strained his calf and will miss the next couple of games.
- Long-term absentees Willi Orban, Kevin Kampl and Ibrahima Konaté are still out.