"Our goal is to make it to Berlin!"

Hear from head coach Julian Nagelsmann ahead of the DFB-Pokal semi-final against SV Werder Bremen

On Friday evening (kick-off: 20:30 CEST) die Roten Bullen will battle it out with SV Werder Bremen for a spot in the DFB-Pokal final. The most recent meeting between the sides ended in a clear 4-1 victory for RBL on Bundesliga matchday 28. 

Head coach Julian Nagelsmann spoke about the upcoming game and gave an update on the squad during today's virtual pre-match press conference

Halbfinale im DFB-Pokal. Wir gastieren beim SV Werder Bremen und wollen zum zweiten Mal nach 2019 ins Endspiel des Wettbewerbs einziehen. RBL-Cheftrainer Julian Nagelsmann beantwortet die Fragen der Journalisten vor diesem Pokal-Duell

Julian Nagelsmann on...

...extra bits of motivation:

  • "Of course it would be nice to end my time here by winning the DFB-Pokal. The pressure is there, but that's normal. If you've reached the semi-finals with your team, then it's obvious that you want to advance to the final and win there. There's nothing worse than losing a final. If we have the chance to win the trophy, then we'll do everything possible to make that happen. 

    We don't need any extra motivation for Friday night. The cup is motivation enough. The team will give it everything they have to meet the expectations. They are highly motivated. 

...the relationship with the team:

  • "I still have a good relationship with the team and spoke to the lads. All the outside noise won't affect them. All of my players want to continue improving. 

    Our goal is to make it to Berlin. We also want to break the 67 point mark in the Bundesliga, in order to set a new record this season." 

...Werder Bremen being a cup team:

  • "SV Werder Bremen are a cup team. I was knocked out in Bremen with TSG Hoffenheim once before. 

    Florian Kohfeldt is a very good coach and a great guy. Of course the current situation is uncomfortable for him. But, he proved last season that he can deal with tough situations. We won't be focused on what's currently going on in Bremen, and will prepare for the game as usual. The Bundesliga has no impact on what happens in the DFB-Pokal.

    They won't be playing with the threat of relegation on Friday. They will be able to play more freely, as it's an entirely different competition with no influence on the Bundesliga. That will be the biggest threat for us on Friday. As a result, we will need to be well prepared, extremely focused and ready to push ourselves to the limit. 

    Based on the most recent meeting in the league, which wasn't that long ago, we also know what's needed in order to beat Werder. We've thoroughly analysed what we did well on matchday 28 and what we need to improve on. We want a repeat of that result. 

    However, Werder will have drawn their own lessons from that game. They are capable of mounting a different performance on the pitch." RBL head coach Jesse Marsch:

  • "I'm very happy that RB Leipzig have been able to quickly find a successor in Jesse Marsch. It was important to me that the club find a good coach and that they wouldn't have to deal with too much uncertainty following the news of my departure. 

    Jesse Marsch is a very emotional coach and has a good connection to his players. I will definitely look to speak with him at the end of the season. I wish him all the best here and that he continues the club's success." 


+++ Squad update +++

  • Yussuf Poulsen returned to team training on Wednesday and will likely be available to face Werder Bremen on Friday night. 
  • Captain Marcel Sabitzer is also available.
  • Lukas Klostermann is a doubt. A final decision on whether or not he will be able to feature will be made on Friday. 
  • Justin Kluivert (muscle issues) will definitely not be part of the squad.


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