RB Leipzig's busy period continues with a home game against Hertha BSC on Saturday (15:30 CEST).
Coach Julian Nagelsmann spoke about the upcoming game against the Berliners and gave an update on the squad at the pre-match press conference.
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... the players' workloads:
- "The lads who haven't had much game time played an intense eight against eight game on Wednesday. It's important that players like Ibrahima Konaté or Justin Kluivert, who have been out for a while, can run long distances and get some momentum. The sensible thing was then to give the team a relaxed day on Thursday. Instead of training on the pitch, they did some work on their bikes.
We have a lot of young players, who are very active and cover a lot of ground, which isn't always the best idea. This is why we try to mix things up in training when we get the chance. Our new bikes from our partner Specialized have given us the perfect chance to do something different, while training in fresh air."
... the busy schedule:
- "We need to try and balance when we train, develop and rest. It's hard to improve with such little time to train. We need to think ahead constantly and plan in advance. Football is a contact sport, where players will get injured and your plans can quickly get mesesd up.
I'm not a fan of making five or six changes every game. On Saturday against Hertha, we will need players that can keep our main structure, but some will need to be fresh too.
... our next opponents Hertha BSC:
- "Bruno Labbadia has improved Hertha's physicality. Even though they haven't had a good start to the season, they have a decent team with some great players. I think they have a lot of potential too. They showed what they are capable of against Bayern. They could have even won that game with a bit of a luck.
They are a clever side, they can sit back and disrupt their opponent through tactical fouls. Their statistics don't make for bad reading and we're not concerning ourselves with how many points they have, but rather the players that could do damage."
... the performances of our new signings:
- "Alexander Sörloth and Hee-chan Hwang still need a bit of time. They have both come from leagues that aren't as strong as the Bundesliga. I don't mean that in a disrespectful way, but they just need to get used to the speed and intensity of this league. My demands are also quite complex.
Chan is also not 100% fit. He hasn't played for a while and was also injured.
Alex has trained well this week and is a candidate to start on Saturday. He scored seven goals in the eight versus eight match."
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+++ Squad update +++
- Amadou Haidara is still under quarantine after another Covid-19 test. He will miss the next two games, but has no symptoms. As things stand, he should return to training after the Champions League game in Manchester.
- Lukas Klostermann had to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and will be out for the time being.
- Marcel Halstenberg will miss the game against Hertha BSC due to private reasons. He will attend a funeral in Hannover on Friday and has subsequently been given some time off.