PETE THE WALL! Goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi has become irreplaceable between the sticks at RB Leipzig, recently clocking up his 200th competitive appearance for the club. The Hungary international is in fine form one again this season, with his tally of seven Bundesliga clean sheets a league high.
In our interview with him, Gulácsi discuss his current form, the upcoming clash with Borussia Dortmund and being drawn against his former club Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16.
Pete, with seven clean sheets and just nine goals conceded, you're currently the best goalkeeper in the Bundesliga. What's your secret?
We've worked really well as a team lately. We're not giving away many chances and when one does get through, I'm there. This solidity is the reason we're enjoying success at the moment. We're making it difficult to play against us and our opponents sense that.
After the Stuttgart game, head coach Julian Nagelsmann reiterated just how important you and your experience is for the team…
After Tschauni, I'm the second-oldest player in the squad. I know that I have a lot of responsibility and I'm proud of that. I try to use my experience to help the team and provide a role model for the younger players.
Saturday sees us take on Borssia Dortmund in a crunch match in the Bundesliga. What are your expectations for the game?
It will be an open match, a battle between two quality attacking sides that want to play good football. We can't afford to make mistakes and we need to take our chances. BVB have a lot of quality so we will need to defend well. We weren't happy with our results against Dortmund last season - we want to improve in that department.
The last-16 draw in the Champions League threw up a very special tie for you against Liverpool...
I'm really looking forward to the games against Liverpool. I was there for six years and had a great time, even if I never made it into the first team. The development that I started there got me to where I am today.
The tie isn't about Péter Gulácsi though, it's about RB Leipzig. They are incredibly important games for us and we really want to reach the next round. We're certainly not the favourites on paper, but we're having a good season and can give anyone a game.