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"Wounded animals are always dangerous!"

Head coach Julian Nagelsmann previews matchday 20's game against FC Schalke 04

RB Leipzig's next game is away to FC Schalke 04 at the Veltins-Arena on Saturday at 15:30 CET. RBL will be hoping for three points to continue their fight for the top four.

Head coach Julian Nagelsmann discussed the upcoming league game at the pre-match press conference.

🎥 Auf der Pre-Match-Pressekonferenz vor der Liga-Auswärtspartie gegen Schalke 04 beantwortete RBL-Cheftrainer Julian Nagelsmann die Fragen der zugeschalteten Journalisten.

Julian Nagelsmann on ...

 ... the situation at schalke:

  • "This Schalke team are capable of playing good football. Obviously, all the statistics are against them - they've got the fewest points and are rock bottom.

    However, they showed in the DFB-Pokal game this week against VfL Wolfsburg that they can compete. The side isn't as bad as their position in the table suggests. They have a lot of good individual players and have brought in some highly experienced players over the winter.

    Only three points will be enough for Schalke, so they will risk it all and go for the win. Everything else is unimportant for them. A wounded animal is always dangerous.

    I will make sure my lads know they have quality in their squad. I can't judge why they've not always performed well this season and why they are where they are. We will focus on our own performance and not the opponent's."

... who will play up front:

  • "Goals are the most important thing for a striker, so Yussuf Poulsen has the momentum right now after scoring twice in the Pokal against Bochum.

    On the other hand, Alexander Sörloth has been improving steadily. He's definitely heading in the right direction. He's doing what we ask of him on the pitch - making runs and pressing from the front. Maybe I'll give him the chance, so that he can continue his good run.

    The final training session will show me their current form. I could also start both strikers against S04. I've just finished a book, which said you should listen more to your gut feelings. Maybe I'll do that tomorrow."

 

+++ SQUAD UPDATE +++

  • Ibrahima Konaté and Kevin Kampl should return to the squad against Schalke. The coach will make a final decision after the final training session.
     
  • Justin Kluivert (ankle injury) is not available to face Schalke. He will start training again next week.

  • Emil Forsberg (knee) is making good progress. The aim is for him to return to face FC Augsburg or Liverpool.
     
  • Benjamin Henrichs has completed parts of team training and should rejoin full sessions during this month.
     
  • Dominik Szoboszlai is making good progress. He is almost free of any pain and will return from his rehabilitation to Leipzig on Friday.

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