BERL1N! On Thursday night (20:45 CEST), RB Leipzig will take on Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal final. This is the second final in Berlin's Olympic Stadium for Leipzig.
Head coach Julian Nagelsmann and captain Marcel Sabitzer spoke to the media before the final.
Julian Nagelsmann on...
... what the title would mean to him personally:
- "Obviously the game is a real highlight and it will be an emotional farewell for me. Saying that, we still have two games left in the Bundesliga, which we have high hopes for. We want to be fair towards other clubs, so we will give our all in those final league games too. Despite that, tomorrow's game means an awful lot. I would be really happy if I could say goodbye to Leipzig with the Pokal and two more Bundesliga wins.
We will try to get the most out of tomorrow's game, so that means winning the cup. This isn't important for my personal career - it's about getting the title for the club and the players to celebrate together."
... the impact of last weekend's defeat in the Bundesliga to Dortmund:
- "It will have an impact on some of our tactics. As a coach, you look at games differently and analyse things when you're playing that same opponent a few days later again. Your follow-up after the game is different. The team was down after that loss, but it's good that way - it helps drive them on! Losing on Saturday wasn't like the end of the world for us.
We have definitely learned things from that game and we know what we did well and what not on Saturday. We need to be solid at the back and have a little bit of luck to be able to win the cup."
... the plan for the final:
- "We mainly want to make sure we defend well. We did that in patches in Saturday, but not across the whole 90 minutes, so that needs to improve tomorrow. We also want to be dangerous more often and not just rely on a strong defence. We need to try and be positive to match the second best attack in the Bundesliga.
I've got a good feeling ahead of tomorrow and I can sense the players have the right mix of nerves and excitement before a final. We've had several tough opponents this year, including a lot of Bundesliga sides, plus one that could get promoted this season. We're really proud that we've made the final."
Marcel Sabitzer on...
... the mood in camp:
- "I'm really excited for this game. The final two years ago was really enjoyable, apart from the result. You learn from losing in a final and mature, although it won't really help us for tomorrow's match. Everything is set. The fans are missing, but we will be well prepared and know what we're coming up against. Dortmund have a lot of quality in their ranks, but we'll give our absolute all! Lifting the trophy would be really special for every single player, the team, the city, the fans and the club."
... his role as captain:
- "The trust placed in me by the coach and my teammates makes me proud. I will try my best to lead the team on the pitch. Captaining the side has also helped develop me as a person. I'm comfortable in this role and I want to drive the team on."
+++ Squad Update+++
- Left-back Angelino hasn't travelled to Berlin for sporting reasons.
- Tyler Adams will also miss the final. The 22-year-old has back problems.
- Christopher Nkunku is fully fit again and available for RB.