RB Leipzig head to İstanbul Başakşehir on Wednesday night. We want to pick up three points on matchday 5 of the Champions League group stage!
Ahead of the game, our head coach Julian Nagelsmann and our Swede Emil Forsberg discussed the upcoming match as well as team news.
Julian Nagelsmann on...
... the must-win games in the Champions League:
- “We won’t treat the game on Wednesday against Istanbul differently to any other. We want to win every game. Every game in the Champions League is a ‘must-win’, just because of how few games there are in the group stage. I’m a positive guy. The good news is: we’re not reliant on anyone. It’s still in our own hands to achieve our goals.
We’ll also need to be at our best against Başakşehir. We showed against PSG that we can bring a top performance. I’m confident that we can pick up the three points here in Turkey.”
... Angelino and Dani Olmo’s special role:
- “Our Spaniards have become key players thanks to their great performances over the last few weeks. Hopefully for us, they perform well again against Istanbul. We’d be happy if Angel scored again, and I’d also like to see Dani pose a greater threat going forward.”
... Istanbul, Munich, Manchester:
- “Those are three exciting games within one week. In the last press conference, I said I wanted my players to live in the here and now – I expect that from the coaches too. That’s why none of these games is more important than another. We’re preparing so that we can win each game.
If we don’t beat FC Bayern in the Bundesliga on Saturday, we can still achieve our goals – but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to go there and win. Because of the amount of games that are coming up, we have room for the odd error. That’s not the case in the Champions League anymore. We’ve already lost twice in the competition, so we can’t afford to lose another.”
... Alexander Sörloth:
- “After the Bielefeld game, I gave Alex a moment to himself. He’s not stupid, he can deal with a situation like this really well. It’s not the first time he’s had a tough period in his career. And he was a lot better against Bielefeld. We’ll have a look at some video analysis on Tuesday, perhaps he’ll have a better time of it here in Turkey. I’m sure that he’ll get back to his best – it will take a bit longer, but we have to give him that time.”
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Emil Forsberg on ...
... team spirit:
- "The boys are feeling good and the mood in camp is great. You want to be a footballer so you can play games in the Champions League. I’m happy and also proud to be able to experience that. We all feel that way. We’ve got a week ahead of us with three really important games, but all our focus is on Wednesday’s game. We want to win."
... his mental state:
- “I’m pretty good at the moment. I’ve got a little older and wiser. I didn’t miss a training session in pre-season and I’ve managed to avoid any real injuries to this point too. If you want to be successful, you have to work hard and believe in yourself.
It’s really fun at RB Leipzig. We play great football, so you just always want to be involved – at training, and on a matchday.”
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+++ Team news +++
- Benjamin Henrichs will be out for a few weeks due to tendinitis.
- Hee-chan Hwang has come through his coronavirus infection well. Following his self-isolation, and after discussions with the health authorities, our striker will return to squad training on 2nd December.
- Lukas Klostermann and Konrad Laimer (both knee procedures) are working on their comebacks and continue to be unavailable. The head coach hopes that ‘Klosti’ will return to training before Christmas. No time has been put on when ‘Konni’ will return.