Finally Champions League again! RB Leipzig take on Liverpool in the second leg of their round-of-16 tie at the Puskás Aréna in Budapest, where Julian Nagelsmann's side will look to turn around a 2-0 deficit to reach the quarter-finals for the second year in a row. Kick-off is 21:00 CET on Wednesday evening.
Together with Tyler Adams, head coach Julian Nagelsmann spoke to the media and gave an upade on team news at the virtual press conference ahead of the upcoming Champions League tie.
Julian Nagelsmann on ...
... holding the Final training session in Leipzig:
By doing our final training in Leipzig, we can take the load off ourselves in Budapest and use the time more effectively to concentrate on the important game. The main reason behind the decision is that we already know the stadium now.
... Flexibility and the return of confidence in attack:
The quality of Yussuf Poulsen at the moment is exactly the same as it was three weeks ago. However, it's easier to play when you have confidence and Yussi radiates that on the pitch, as do Alex Sørloth and Hee-chan Hwang.
... THe situation ahead of the second leg:
... Liverpool's strengths:
... The quality of Emil Forsberg and Christo Nkunku:
... His passionate coaching style:
I would call myself an active coach. It's my job and I can't do it any less emotionally because I'm very passionate when I'm standing on the sideline. In my opinion, it also gives the coach a certain outlet for their energy. I also think that if I demand an absolute winning mentality from my players on the pitch, I also have to replicate and exemplify that on the sideline.
... Empty stands:
We all have to get used to the empty stands in the stadium, we have no other choice at the moment. But of course it's much nicer to play in front of fans and we miss our fans immensely. The many emotional moments, such as the last-minute comeback win against Borussia Mönchengladbach was something I would have much rather experienced in front of a sold-out ground full of our fans, simply because it makes the whole thing much more emotional and beautiful. We're really looking forward to the moment when fans are allowed back into the stadium, because that's what football is all about.
Tyler Adams on ...
... His development at RB Leipzig:
... The upcoming game against Liverpool:
+++ Team news +++
- Defender Marcel Halstenberg and captain Marcel Sabitzer returned to team training this week and are available for Wednesday's game.
- Angelino (muscle injury) is still training individually and will not be available.
- The operation carried out on Willi Orban's hand went well. He has protective equipment that allows him to play. A decision will be made soon on whether he is available for the Liverpool game.