Sport Sabitzer's message to Nagelsmann: Ready for the starting
Nagelsmann plans with the national players - Kluivert not a starting eleven candidate
RB Leipzig will have to do without convalescent Marcel Sabitzer and Konrad Laimer in the away game on Saturday at FC Augsburg. In addition, coach Julian Nagelsmann expects to have all players on board - even if his full squad will probably only be available on Friday. © imago images Having fun at work: Angelino, trainer Julian Nagelsmann and Justin Kluivert. Sabitzer and Laimer are not yet an option.
At the virtual press conference before the Champions League duel at Manchester United, coach Julian Nagelsmann and Marcel Sabitzer also took part. And the captain formulated a clear message for his coach.
After Saturday's Bundesliga home game against Hertha BSC, in which substitute Marcel Sabitzer scored the 2-1 winning goal with a penalty, Julian Nagelsmann described the captain's starting line-up in Manchester as "medically meaningless".
After all, the Austrian had just had a forced break of more than four weeks because of a torn muscle fiber in his thigh, and should actually carefully increase the load again. But the ambitious Sabitzer made it clear on Tuesday that he feels quite ready for a call to the starting line-up and does not want to make friends with another Joker role. "You will see how long the trainer trusts me or gives me confidence," he said in the joint final PK with Nagelsmann, who immediately emphasized: "Sabi is very important to us." At least Sabitzer admitted restrictively: "It won't be enough for 90 minutes."
Leipzig's match winner Angeliño conjures up in the Werner role
Only 1.71 meters tall, tattooed across the whole area, striking bald head: Visually, Angeliño has always been one of the exceptional phenomena at RB Leipzig. Now the Spaniard, originally planned as a defender, also stands out as a goal scorer. © Jan Woitas / dpa-Zentralbild / dpa Angeliño scored both goals for RB Leipzig against Istanbul Basaksehir. His two goals in the 2-0 win against Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League improved his season record to four goals in the last three games.
Difficult personnel situation on the defensive
The personnel situation forces tinkerer Nagelsmann to improvise. In the long-term injuries Lukas Klostermann and Konrad Laimer, the ailing Nordi Mukiele (thigh injury) and Amadou Haidara, who tested positive for the corona virus, four professionals are missing, who are primarily responsible for defensive stability. A role for which Sabitzer is virtually predestined. Nagelsmann also left open whether Tyler Adams, who was still suffering from the effects of an inner ligament irritation, would get fit in time: "We will decide on Wednesday."
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Most recently, against Augsburg (2: 0) and Hertha in the Bundesliga and against Turkish champions Basaksehir FK (2: 0) in the Champions League the Leipzig thickly staggered and withdrawn defensive bulwarks crack. That should change in the next three games, speculates Markus Krösche. "We won't meet a low-level opponent against Manchester, Gladbach and Paris St. Germain, so there will be rooms again," says the sports director, who by no means sees the Leipzig team, who are still unbeaten this season in the Theater of Dreams, as blatant outsiders: We have created good conditions to be able to enter the game with confidence.
Bundesliga: Angelino: "I'm here because of Nagelsmann"
Angelino could have gone to FC Barcelona. The Spaniard decided on RB Leipzig - an excellent choice so far. © Provided by SPOX Angelino shot RBL to victory with a double pack. left-back Angelino from RB Leipzig could have signed on with FC Barcelona in the previous transfer period. In an interview, he explained why he decided to loan Manchester City to the Saxons again.
"We won't meet a deep opponent against Manchester, Gladbach and Paris St. Germain, so there will be spaces again." - Markus Krösche
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Nagelsmann was still puzzled on Tuesday whether the opponent would play with a back four in a 4-2-3-1 system like in the 4-1 win in Newcastle, or whether his colleague Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have one Row of three builds like the surprising 2: 1 at Paris St Germain. "You can't always predict one hundred percent what your opponent is doing, whether he's defending high or low," said the coach. Even his former student Timo Werner, who reached 0-0 with Chelsea at Old Trafford on the weekend and was contacted by Nagelsmann, could not give any decisive tips. "They will not only hide behind," suspects Nagelsmann, but he does not expect the hosts to be too aggressive: "They also know what qualities we have and what we can do."
Regardless of the opponent's approach, the Leipzig goal remains, which Nagelsmann clearly formulated: We drove here to take three points. That is absolutely possible.
"Simply a good footballer": Nagelsmann praises Forsberg .
In the half-time of the Champions League game against Paris St. Germain on Wednesday evening (2: 1), Julian Nagelsmann said his players were 1-1, among other things On the way: "I pointed out that we need to have more confidence in our actions." Emil Forsberg probably no longer needed the advice of the RB Leipzig coach. © imago images Jubilee jump: Emil Forsberg is happy after his converted penalty.