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"We need to get stuck in"

Julian Nagelsmann in his press conference ahead of RBL's trip to VfL Wolfsburg | Squad news: Tyler Adams and Konrad Laimer available | Timo Werner a doubt

Away in Wolfsburg! On Saturday (15:30), the Bulls take on seventh-placed VfL Wolfsburg away from home and want to bounce back from last weekend's draw. Around 2,100 Leipzig fans will travel with the team to Lower Saxony.

In his pre-match press conference, head coach Julian Nagelsmann gave his opinions on Leipzig upcoming opponents and shed some light on the current personnel situation.

Julian Nagelsmann on ...

... VfL Wolfsburg:

  • "Wolfsburg run a lot. Wout Weghorst is really dangerous in the middle. They are good in the air and are tough to break down. We played well in the reverse fixture, but unfortunately only came away with a 1-1 draw. Even though they haven't been picking up as many good results as they did earlier on in the season, they're a tough team to play against. VfL play with a lot of intensity and are really direct. They have a clear structure when in possession, which isn't easy to defend. The key is to get stuck in and stop this."
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Nagelsmann on analysis of the Leverkusen game: "We've drawn a conclusion from our analysis, but that remains between us. There were one or two really prevalent reasons that lead to us not creating too many good chances; things that we've excelled at in recent weeks."

... The return of Konrad Laimer:

  • "I'm the last person to whine whenever we're missing players. You have to work around this as a coach and as a team. But it would've been nice to have a ball-winner like Konrad Laimer on the pitch against a technical team like Leverkusen, and to put our stamp on the game with good desire and pressing. So it's important for us that he's back on Saturday. He wins so many second balls and is a key part of how we play."

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On Tyler Adams' fitness: "Tyler is a really fit player, he was out for a while and was back in individual training relatively quickly. He's an unbelievable athlete. He always needs to be on the move. If he's tired, he still moves. He doesn't think about whether he's 100% fit. He simply gets up and runs. That's why he's a candidate to start."

+++ Squad Update +++

 

  • Tyler Adams is back in full team training and is fit for Wolfsburg.
     
  • Konrad Laimer has served his suspension. Due to a shoulder issue, Konni is not pain-free, but should be OK for Saturday.
     
  • Timo Werner is suffering with muscle issues at the moment. An appearance against VfL is in doubt.
     
  • Ethan Ampadu has been experiencing some back problems recently, so he is uncertain to feature against Wolsfburg.
     
  • Marcel Halstenberg  has picked up four yellow cards, meaning his next booking would see him serve a one-match suspension.

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