RB Leipzig travel to sixth-placed Borussia Mönchengladbach for Saturday evening's Bundesliga Topspiel at 18:30 CET.
Head coach Julian Nagelsmann talked about the game and the current personnel situation in his press conference on Friday.
Julian Nagelsmann on...
...Saturday's opponents Borussia Mönchengladbach:
- "Marcus Thuram is a player who can be a real danger. He's 6'3'', yet he still has a lot of pace and makes great runs. He's also very agile physically, which makes it difficult to get the ball off him. Thuram isn't the only one playing well though; Gladbach have a number of players in good form.
Even though they haven't started the season as they will have hoped, I think they've been one of the best Bundesliga sides for the last few years. They've already shown what they're capable of in the Champions League - they could have won against both Inter and Real, and perhaps should have. They were very unlucky to draw them.
Marco Rose likes his sides to press high and counter quickly. They're a little vulnerable in the final 15 minutes, much like ourselves. Both sides have a lot of quality out on the pitch, but sometimes we're missing that killer instinct. It's sure to be an entertaining Bundesliga match on Saturday. I hope that Gladbach will continue to be susceptible in the last quarter of an hour though and that we can take advantage."
- "We will probably bring three or four new players into the starting line-up. I expect honesty from my players in terms of how fit and fresh they're feeling. It's about the team at the end of the day - no individual player is bigger than the team. We looked good up until the 70th minute against United, then we looked tired. I'm hoping the lads will be up front about their fitness and then we will see how much we rotate against Gladbach tomorrow."
...the loss in Manchester:
- I won't hold loads of individual discussions with the players. After a game like that, you need to give the boys space to digest the emotions a little. I can only really fault them from the 75th minute onwards. We conceded three goals in the space of twelve minutes, all of them through mistakes that we normally don't make. It's not typical of us to collapse like that at the end. It's very strange to play well for 70 minutes yet come away with the heaviest defeat in our club history. Our issue was a lack of incisiveness in the final third and we were error-prone on the ball. Our opponents didn't need to be at their absolute best, but they worked incredibly hard and capitalised on our mistakes.
We need to analyse the result in context and then look ahead. Our focus is on what's coming next. We can't go back and change the result. We have to accept that Wednesday's match will leave an unfortunate page in the RBL history books, but we can't forget the positives because of that. A win against Borussia on Saturday gives us the chance to have 16 of a possible 18 points so far, which would be our best ever Bundesliga start. Success isn't a door. It's a stairway that you have to keep on climbing. We went down a step against United, now we need to climb back up a few against Gladbach."
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- Nordi Mukiele suffered a minor thigh strain against Hertha and therefore missed the trip to Manchester. He will also sit out against Gladbach. There is a slight chance that he will be available again for Wednesday's game against PSG.
- Lukas Klostermann is out for an extended period following his operation and isn't expected to return any time soon.
- Konrad Laimer is also sidelined for the coming games. The Austrian still has some pain in his thigh.
- An MRI scan revealed that Tyler Adams didn't suffer any structural damage in his knee and that it's just a case of him feeling pain. "Only he can decide if he can play or not. I would like to have him on board; we could use his style and we're a little thin in his position," explained Nagelsmann. "We will have to wait and see what he decides, but I'm feeling positive."
- Amadou Haidara has now recovered following his Covid-19 infection. The club is still awaiting feedback from the health department as to whether he can train with the team again on Friday or not. It's unclear if he will be an option against Gladbach. "He hasn't been able to do anything for the past two weeks with the virus present in his body, so he's not trained in two weeks. I would like to have him in the squad," said the coach. "We will wait and see if he ends up joining us in Gladbach."