Nagelsmann: Leipzig Win “Lucky” but Not “Undeserved”

RB Leipzig had a difficult time dispatching 1899 Hoffenheim on Friday afternoon but the win was an important one, signifying that the team can win even when they didn’t play well. The home team put Julian Nagelsmann under pressure for much of the game, testing the second best defense in the league. However, with talent, and a bit of luck, Leipzig were able to hold on for what was described as a “massive three points.”

“Hoffenheim put us under a lot of pressure,” said Nagelsmann following the game. “We were a bit lucky but the win is not undeserved. It was a massive three points today. Now we have the chance to secure Champions League football. We want to take that chance.”

From top to bottom, the Leipzig organization has pushed the notion that anything less than Champions League qualification would be considered a failure. At the start of the campaign, Leipzig appeared to be surpassing that expectation and lead in the Bundesliga going into 2020. A fall in form and a surge from Bayern Munich quelled those hopes for but there is optimism that this team is catching the Bavarian giants and Nagelsmann is inching closer to his first title.

The signs of this were apparent during the Hoffenheim game. Dani Olmo finally broke out with his first two goals for the club and Angelino continues to be a dynamic force on the wing. Coupled with the youthful energy of Christopher Nkunku and Tyler Adams and you can see why expectations are growing with each passing year.

“We want to win every game,” said Olmo about his team’s performance. “Take nine points and reach the Champions League.”

Leipzig have just three games remaining, with the most enticing coming next weekend against Borussia Dortmund. Currently a point back of them, a win against their rivals could see a second place finish a realistic possibility.

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