RB Leipzig's final Champions League group game is at home to Manchester United tomorrow. A win against the English side would see RB reach the knockout stages of Europe's premier cup competition.
RB head coach Julian Nagelsmann and key man Angeliño spoke to the media about the important clash and the squad situation.
Julian Nagelsmann on...
...the defeat in Manchester:
- "We have tried to learn our lessons from the 5-0 defeat in Manchester. The final scoreline was a bit high, we didn't play that bad. Overall, we had too few chances in their box and weren't aggressive enough in the final third. We were almost too scared to attack. We need to play differently on Tuesday night - we have to find more ways of attacking and try to get behind their defence.
We are prepared for Manchester United stepping up a gear. They've shown on a number of occasions so far this season that they can come from behind. They are dangerous right up until the final whistle. The game is only over when the referee blows for full time."
...the game being must-win:
- "We won't look back on the past meeting. The group is complicated for both teams. We need to win to get through. The heavy defeat in Manchester hasn't made it any easier for us. They have been top of the table throughout the group, but their defeat to PSG has changed things for them.
We want to win at all costs and reach the knockouts!"
... Emil Forsberg's fine form:
- "We have a lot of confidence in Emil right now. He's playing in almost every game, even if he doesn't play the full 90. He has been able to avoid injuries and build up some momentum, unlike last season. He played a lot but was out now and again with injuries. As of now, it's been a good and lucky year for him. I hope that continues, because we need him!
Our tactic without a 'proper striker' has worked really well up until now. Emil is a really intelligent player, which we saw again against FC Bayern on Saturday. He is able to consistently find space. Players like him, who have a lot of quality and creativity, can decide games. It's highly likely that he will make the right decisions on the pitch."
...an extra boost from high-pressure games:
- "We dealt with the high-pressure games in Istanbul and Munich well and returned to Leipzig with a good feeling. The draw against record champions FC Bayern was good for our confidence. The point was deserved and maybe they were slightly lucky to even get that.
We haven't lost many games this year and wins are always good for your recovery. We've got a few hours before Tuesday night to get back to 100%."
...the final Champions League group game:
- "It's a really important game. Conceding five goals in Manchester was a tough blow, but we're not looking back on that anymore. Our focus is on our final Champions League group game on Tuesday and we want to avenge the result from the reverse fixture and reach the knockout stages!
Both teams could go qualify or go out on Tuesday night. It's a special game with a big chance for both teams. We need to be fully focused and can't afford to make any mistakes."
...his time in Leipzig:
- "I love it here in Leipzig. I get a chance week in, week out to show what I can do. I'm really happy!"
+++ Squad Update+++
- Lazar Samardžić has tested positive for Covid-19 and is therefore unavailable. He is currently in quarantine at home.
- Benjamin Henrichs is out for several weeks due to a patella tendon injury.
- Hee-chan Hwang is not yet available after his corona infection.
- Lukas Klostermann and Konrad Laimer (knee operations) are both in rehabilitative training and are still out. The coach hopes that 'Klosti' can rejoin team training before Christmas, while there is no such prognosis for 'Konni'.