The next challenge awaits! RB Leipzig travel to VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday afternoon (kickoff 15:30 CET). RBL will be looking to inflict a first home defeat on the side from Lower Saxony, who are unbeaten at home this season.
Ahead of the game, head coach Julian Nagelsmann spoke at a virtual press conference about task ahead as well as team news.
Julian Nagelsmann über ...
... the effect of the loss to BVB:
- "Of course, a large portion of the team was frustrated. We know that we don't beat the top teams often enough.
It was one of the toughest meetings we've had in the past six months, but it's nothing too dramatic. I've made it clear that we need to do better and explained how I expect our play to be.
We were strong for the first 32 minutes and we should have taken the lead, even if we didn't have an overload of chances. On the other hand, however, we didn't allow a Dortmund shot on our goal until the 35th minute, which isn't bad either. In the second half, we failed to carry on doing what we'd done well in the first."
... VfL Wolfsburg:
- "After a not-so-easy start to the season, Wolfsburg have become a really secure side. Despite media turmoil early on, they've shown great development - a sign that a good job is being done there.
They're the team with the most high-intensity runs and sprints and are good physically. They also press well and have a few individuals with a lot of quality. They are well structured in defence and don't allow many counter attacks. Upon losing the ball, they press aggressively.
The head coach Oliver Glasner said that his team has developed a good sense of unity over the past few months and you can see that on the pitch.
Wolfsburg always play to win and they'll do that against us too. But Oliver Glasner isn't the only coach who always wants to win; I am too and you should see that in the run of the game."
... the importance of the upcoming clash:
- "What Bayern do doesn't have any impact on us. After the loss to BVB we want to keep the distance between ourselves and the rest of the teams below us and consolidate our strong place in the table - we can only do that with a win!"
... the current goal return:
- "You have to trust your attackers and continue to work hard with them. We didn't sign two strikers in the summer for nothing - we see something in them.
For Alexander Sørloth, the goal against Borussia Dortmund was really important and also gave him a foothold. He has a lot of potential: he is a dynamic, quick attacker who is strong in the air and has a good eye for goal. Alex hasn't properly found his feet yet, so as both a player and a coach, you just need a little patience.
But it's not as if it's the strikers who are missing the big chances - it's more often the midfielders. We'll continue working hard to score more goals."
... Christopher Nkunku and Justin Kluivert:
- "Christo has a really good first half of the season last year, and the second half wasn't as strong, but his improved this season. Together with Justin Kluivert, he brings a lot of dynamism to the final third. The two have different strengths to the rest of our attack, which makes us very dangerous for the opposition.
We've had to do without them both because of injuries. Physically, they're not quite at 100% but are making a good impression. They're not quite ready for a place in the starting XI against Wolfsburg."
+++ Team news +++
- Kevin Kampl returned to training with the team and no longer has any issues.
- Christopher Nkunku also made a return to training during the week.
- Another returnee was Justin Kluivert, who made a very good impression in the week's training sessions.
- Marcel Sabitzer's availability remains questionable ahead of the game against VfL. The captain doesn't have any muscular issue, but rather a nerve problem in the groin area. The problem is improving day by day, but Sabitzer is still not at 100%. Friday's training will determine whether he will travel to Wolfsburg.
- Ibrahima Konaté continues to train individually and is making good progress. He still has pain but the head coach is hoping for a return within two weeks.
- Dominik Szoboszlai is undergoing a rehabilitation program in Thalgau, Austria due to an adductor problem. The new signing will not be available until February.