Matchday 3 of the Champions League group stage awaits. Paris Saint-Germain are the guests in the RB Arena on Wednesday night (4th November, 21:00 CET).
Head coach Julian Nagelsmann spoke to the media ahead of the game along with midfielder Christopher Nkunku. He discussed the coming Champions League game and team news.
Julian Nagelsmann on ...
... learning from defeats:
- “We’re all looking forward to what awaits us tomorrow. We can’t hide. If we’re at our best like we were against Atletico Madrid, we can be successful. Obviously we’ve just had a couple of defeats and you can sense the greater pressure when you come home without good results in the bag. Defeats aren’t nice and they’re also hard to come to terms with sometimes, but you can always learn from them. Tomorrow’s winners learn from today’s defeats. We played with courage for the first ten minutes in last season’s Champions League semi-final, but the first goal took the wind out of our sails. We’ll be ready to play courageous football for 90 minutes on Wednesday.”
... the injury list:
- “Both we and PSG have a few injuries to report. Playing so often means you’ll have to accept that you’ll have to spread the minutes around a bit more. PSG are missing Neymar and Mbappe, but they still have a very good side with lots of players that most clubs would love to have. They’d be stronger if they had them available, but we would be too if all of our players were available.”
- “I’m looking at both games against PSG as knockout games. Obviously a defeat wouldn’t put us out, but we’d be under a lot of pressure in Paris. We want to get more points than the opposition – it’s as simple as that. Pressure isn’t unusual in the group stage; we had a similar situation last year. Every game is huge. You don’t have the chance to make up for mistakes over 34 games like you do in the Bundesliga. Pressure is a privilege – it would be boring if nothing was at stake.”
... head coaches facing off:
- “This game isn’t about the head coaches going head-to-head. I think Thomas Tuchel once said football is a ‘player’s game’ and not a ‘coach’s game’. I see it the same way. The games between us have always been exciting. Both sides will be looking to bring energy onto the pitch and be ready for the fight. Obviously I want to win, but it’s about beating Paris Saint-Germain and not him!”
Christopher Nkunku on...
... facing his former side:
- “It will be a special game as I played for PSG for a long time. But I play for RB Leipzig now and I’ll give everything for them! My family will be watching this game extra closely and they’re already really looking forward to tomorrow night. I want to win the game, play well and help the team, so my full focus is on the next 90 minutes. We want to get to the knockouts, and as we lost to them in the semi-final last year, we’re even more motivated to win tomorrow!”
... the increased workload of a busy schedule:
- “I’m managing really well. We play every three days – that’s a lot of games! But it is what it is. And the thing is, the more we play, the happier I am! I just love playing football. You have to concentrate on training and recovering well to deal with so many games. We’re playing every three days because we’ve qualified for the UEFA Champions League, so it’s normal that the games are on a high level and really intense.”
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+++ Team news +++
- Nordi Mukiele trained with the squad again on Monday without any pain. He won’t be able to play the full 90 minutes against PSG, but he may be in the starting eleven. “We really need him,” says head coach Julian Nagelsmann.
- Tyler Adams and Marcel Halstenberg still have minor issues. They’ll be tested before the final training session on Tuesday, and, if everything’s ok, they’ll join up with the squad and then be available on Wednesday.