Julian Nagelsmann warns his RB Leipzig players they must ‘fight until the very end’ to beat Manchester United in crucial Champions League tie as he dismisses importance of 5-0 defeat at Old Trafford
- RB Leipzig play Manchester United for a place in the Champions League last 16
- The Bundesliga side will advance if they win while United only need a draw
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side beat the Germans 5-0 at Old Trafford in October
- Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann is confident his team can produce a better result
RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann is ready for a fight to the finish with Manchester United in Tuesday’s Champions League group decider in Germany.
The Bundesliga side will advance to the knockout stage if they win, while United could drop into the Europa League depending on Paris Saint-Germain’s result against Istanbul Basaksehir.
Nagelsmann dismissed the importance of Leipzig’s 5-0 defeat at Old Trafford in October, and is more concerned about United’s ability to fight back after seeing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side come from behind to win all five away games in the Premier League this season.
Julian Nagelsmann believes his RB Leipzig side can progress to the Champions League last 16
The Bundesliga team must beat Manchester United, who only need a draw to go through
‘We are aware that if Manchester United are trailing they can still turn the match around,’ said Nagelsmann. ‘They have shown that in the last matches. We have to wait for the referee to end the match. We have to fight until the very end to get the three points against them.
‘I don’t know for which team it is easier – the team defeated 5-0 or that won 5-0. The result doesn’t such play such a big role. I think they will treat it as a fresh game.
‘We analysed the match and showed my players how good they were in certain situations. We were better in the game but a little bit too afraid at the start. We can add a lot and improve, especially in the last third
The Germans were beaten 5-0 at Old Trafford in October but Nagelsmann dismissed the importance of that result
‘United defended well. We can’t say they played well, but they defended very well.
‘It’s complicated for United as well. Most of the group phase they were in first place, and now if they lose they might not go to the knockout stage.’
Nagelsmann revealed that Lazar Samardzic has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss the game along with Konrad Laimer (knee), Lukas Klostermann, Benjamin Henrichs (both knee) and Dayot Upamecano (suspension).
Antonio Mateu Lahoz will be in charge of Tuesday’s game and Nagelsmann has promised to be on his best behaviour after clashing with the Spanish referee when Leipzig lost to Lyon in the Champions League 14 months ago.
Nagelsmann said Leipzig are aware of United’s ability to turn games around after going behind
‘You have to deal with him,’ added the Leipzig coach. ‘You know he likes to give cards to coaches.
‘They know I like to give my opinion from the sidelines, a little bit louder perhaps. I hope to stay in the coaching zone for the whole 90 minutes and not have to leave.
‘He has a lot of experience of big games In Spain and the Champions League. As a coach, it’s out of your hands. You have to accept the things from the referee.’