Julian Nagelsmann reviews his team performance against PSG
RB Leipzig’s Champions League run ended at the semi-final stage, courtesy of a dominant PSG performance. Julian Nagelsmann was open about the fact that PSG deserved to go through and all the errors made by Leipzig went on to become very costly.
The Bundesliga side’s dream for a place in the Champions League final fell short after Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria and Juan Bernat were on target for Thomas Tuchel and co.
Marquinhos provided the breakthrough in the 13th minute as a result of a beautifully put cross by Di Maria, who also went on to receive the Man of the Match award.
However, the other goals were merely RB Leipzig errors, which could be due to the pressure of the tie and their lack of experience in the competition.
While talking to BT Sport, Nagelsmann said, “I think in the end, the ticket to the final for PSG is well deserved. For the first 10 or 12 minutes, we did well. We were in the game, good opening moments, good counter-attacks, in the final third we were a bit too hectic. Then we get the free-kick and the goal. After that, we need five minutes to get back in the game. That was okay and then immediately we get the second goal.”
“Then it’s hard to get back into the game because PSG have so much quality. In the end, they were the better team. You have to accept it, it’s hard but football is like that," he further added.
Leipzig had a strong start and the opening ten minutes showed that the game will go down to the wire but the Marquinhos goal and then the mistake leading to the second goal put the team in a shell where they had to think more defensively in order to not concede more.
Leipzig had several positives in the competition until the semi-final. They beat teams like Benfica, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid and that shows how good Leipzig were and how good they could’ve been.
“We’ll try to do it again in the next seasons. We’ll send the players home for one week and then we have to try and do it again in the Bundesliga,” he remained optimistic.
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