Nagelsmann “Not Happy” With Woeful Leipzig

RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann didn’t hold back after the 2-2 draw against Hertha Berlin on Wednesday, a game that kept his team from moving into second place in the Bundesliga.

“I’m really not happy,” said Nagelsmann. “We gifted a point to a team that really didn’t play that well, and we dropped two points ourselves. We started poorly but then did quite well.”

Leipzig conceded early due to bad set piece defending but found their way back into the game and even took the lead in the second half. A red card by Marcel Hasltenberg and then a defensive letdown in the 80th minute, award a penalty to Hertha who didn’t miss the opportunity. It was the fourth draw in five games for Leipzig and has been a significant sign of their decline in 2020.

“We only have ourselves to blame,” said goalscorer Lukas Klostermann. “We didn’t perform as well as we have in the previous two games. We’ll analyze that and improve for the next game so that we can reach our goal: qualification for the Champions League.”

It wasn’t too long ago that winning the league was the goal. Leipzig led the league for a significant period of time and were keen on taking advantage of Bayern Munich’s missteps. Unfortunately, the tide has turned and it is the East German club now leaving points on the table and Bayern Munich have pulled away.

A second place finish is still possible. Dortmund and Leipzig still have a game to play against each other in the coming weeks. However, they will need to defend better if they hope to hold on to third place and potentially progress further in the Bundesliga.

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