"The pitch could be a factor!"

Head coach Julian Nagelsmann at the pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to 1. FSV Mainz 05

A busy week comes to an end! RB Leipzig travel to 17th-placed side Mainz 05 on Saturday afternoon (kickoff 15:30 CET).

Ahead of the game, head coach Julian Nagelsmann spoke at the virtual press conference.

Julian Nagelsmann über ...

 ... Mainz's unpredictability:

  • "Mainz’s play is hard to estimate; Bo Svensson is now their fourth coach of the season. Therefore, they’ve played frequently with different systems and had different influences on their team. This all makes it hard to know what to expect from them. However, I have a style in my head that can work and hopefully it will. That’s with the assumption that Mainz don’t turn up with a completely new style tomorrow.

    Another factor in tomorrow’s game will also be the surface at Mainz’s ground. Of course, that affects both teams, but we saw in the game against Wolfsburg that the pitch conditions don't exactly suit our style of play. However, we will put everything on the line and want to win the game."

 ... An intense first half of the season:

  • "We’re playing at a really, really good level. I give a lot of credit to the team for having given their all in every game – they’re doing that well. I’m really pleased with the physical condition of the team, and in the recent games I’ve never gotten the impression that they’re tired. We’ve had and still have a really high running performance, high tempo in games and picked up the points. In general, the league is playing at a high standard, despite the high workload. It affects all teams, whether they’re playing in Europe or not."

... Dayot Upamecano:

  • "Dayot has performed really impressively and therefore it is completely normal that other clubs are interested in such a talented player. I don't think it’s anything too dramatic; they're just rumours. We're aware of his contract situation and we let him know that we like having him in our team and that he's an important part of our game. That is reflected in his playing time this season.

    He’s played a lot, partly also due to the absences of Ibrahima Konaté and Lukas Klostermann. That’s a cycle that’s tough to break: when certain players get injured, other players have to fill in, and you’re not fully in control of a player’s workload anymore. There were a few lapses of concentration in his game against Union Berlin, which we’ve discussed.

    He is a great person who has his heart in the right place. He takes things on board and wants to improve. People often forget that he is still a really young player who has the talent and potential to improve his game even further."

+++ Team news +++

  • Yussuf Poulsen had to end training early on Thursday with adductor problems and will be out for the game against Mainz 05.
  • Ibrahima Konaté has continued to make progress and was able to take part in a lot of team training. He should return to full training in the coming weeks.


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