It's hotting up! RB Leipzig wlcome VfL Wolfsburg on Wednesday evening (kickoff 20:45 CET) in the DFB-Pokal quarterfinals.
Head coach Julian Nagelsmann spoke to the press at the virtual press conference ahead of the game against the 'Wolves'.
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... His favourites in the three competitions:
- "If we want to keep going in all three competitions, we have to give our all in each one. That’s how we’ll approach the Pokal game against Wolfsburg. We will go to our limit to get to the semi-finals. It wont be an easy game, but we’re happy that it will be at the Red Bull Arena. It will be tough.
The Champions League will be just as difficult too, but we’ll try to reach the next round. We’re not prioritising or favouring any competition. However, the Bundesliga definitely has the biggest importance on the new season."
... Possibly lifting the DFB-Pokal:
"I’ve never won a title during my career as coach of a Bundesliga team; therefore it would be presumptuous of me to say which title I’d rather win. I honestly can’t imagine how it would feel for us to be in with the chance of a trophy. I shed tears when we won the U19 title with TSG Hoffenheim because it was so emotional. For us, the first thing is to carry on our path and then look at achieving our goals."
... Platitudes and the upper hand:
- "I expect it to be a similar game to the one in the Bundesliga. Both teams are attack-minded and try to play attractive football. Both we and VfL Wolfsburg are brave going forward and like to find solutions with the ball. Like in the Bundesliga game against them, there will be phases on Wednesday when each team has the upper hand. I'm not going to use the platitude that the cup has its own rules, because the Bundesliga does too, but it will definitely be an interesting game.
You should always be aware of Wolfsburg. They have gone 666 minutes without conceding a goal and are scoring at the other end. They are a well-functioning team and have literally exploded after troubles at the start of the season. The connection between players and coaches is very good."
... The 6-1 victory in 2019:
- "Our last meeting in the cup will have no influence on the upcoming game. Back then, we played a very good game and won comfortable, but neither we nor Wolfsburg will look back on that game, but rather we’ll base things upon the good current run of each side. Of course, we won’t complain if we put in as good a performance on Wednesday as we did in October 2019, but Wolfsburg have come a long way since then under Oliver Glasner."
... The league's best goalkeepers:
"Péter Gulácsi is an extremely important backstop for us. He is having a fantastic season and has a huge impact on our defence. He has also developed further from a football point of view, and now plays a completely different kind of football than he did two years ago.
It's a similar story with Koen Casteels at Wolfsburg. I know him from my days at TSG Hoffenheim. He has an incredibly good left foot, can hit the ball forward well and has great distribution.
The two goalkeepers both have a brave style of play but are not identical.
As was the situation before, I want to give Josep Martínez time. He is developing well and makes a lot of saves in training. At the moment, however, it would still be too big a risk to let him play in the cup instead of Pete. He still has language difficulties and is not yet one hundred percent integrated into the team. Therefore, unlike last season, there won't be any change in the goalkeeper position for the cup this time. I'm relying on the good performances of our number 1."
+++ Team news ++
- Angelino will be unavailable for Wedndesday's cup game with a muscle injury.
- Marcel Sabitzer is also a doubt as he is struggling with a calf injury.
- Marcel Halstenberg will not take part in the final training session on Tuesday due to a knee problem. His availability is not guaranteed for Wednesday.
- Dayot Upamecano had some discomfort after Saturday's game but will complete the training session on Tuesday and should be available tomorrow.