Nagelsmann’s team beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 to advance to the final four and hit the champions of France to secure their spot in the European decider.
Nagelsmann prepares to work as a team to put pressure on the French side
Julian Nagelsmann admits RB Leipzig will have to work as a squad to put pressure on Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday. Nagelsmann’s team beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 to advance to the final four and hit the champions of France to secure their spot in the European decider. Meanwhile, PSG fought back, beating Atalanta in their quarterfinals to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 1995. The 33-year-old manager says his side will have to stop Thomas Tuchel’s team from grabbing dangerous passes and has warned them to be wary of the pace of the likes of star striker Kylian Mbappe. “It is important to work collectively. First of all, we must do so as not to let the balls go deeper,” he told reporters.
PSG are unstoppable
“PSG have precise target areas in which they want to play in front of the opposing defensive chain. We have already figured out how to close those spaces. The point is to perceive how much pressure the carrier has. However, the opponent has incredible individual quality, especially great speed. At some point, PSG are unstoppable, not physically in any way, because if a player like Mbappe is one kilometer per hour faster than you, then you are you can’t do anything about it. I think we can hurt the opponent more if we have a lot of the ball ourselves, and we want to create chances.” Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone praised Leipzig after last week’s quarterfinals and declared the Bundesliga side “won in every area of the match.” The former Hoffenheim boss manager delighted with his team’s attitude, despite the pressure they experienced in Lisbon.
“There is no such thing as a complete football game, but when you see all the pitfalls and pressure, you should at least say that my team has the perfect mood,” Nagelsmann said. “The guys weren’t nervous but were completely liberated, greedy, and hardworking. It is also clear that not everything works 100 percent in terms of gameplay. That’s why I didn’t tell the guys in advance that I expected everything to go perfectly.”