“Weak” Leipzig Most Likely to Sneak Into UCL

RB Leipzig are more than likely to get into the UEFA Champions League even if they lose to Augsburg this weekend mainly due to their large goal differential. Fifth place team Bayer Leverkusen could even the third place Leipzig but wouldn’t be able to push them out barring a monumental loss.

Still, there is much for Leipzig to improve on during a season where they led at the top of the table for large periods of time. Starting in January, the East German club tumbled down the table and barely held on, despite getting a fantastic season out of several players. The weekend’s poor performance against Borussia Dortmund exemplified how they have ended the year.

“We were so weak in the first half,” said manager Julian Nagelsmann. “We couldn’t get into the game and never really got on the ball. We could see that we were lethargic all over the pitch.”

Saturday’s game against Augsburg could have been far more stressful. However, Leverkusen stumbled as well, losing to Hertha Berlin. That loss all but puts Leipzig in the Champions League but gives the team a tremendous amount to think of when planning chances towards next season.

“We’re happy that Hertha beat Leverkusen,” said Nagelsmann. “We’ve almost reached the Champions League. Our 26-goal differential should be enough.”

Sporting Director Markus Krosche made the qualification of Europe’s top club competition a requirement. Nagelsmann has led the team to reach that standard but with the departure of Timo Werner and a significant increase of funds, next season may have more for the young German coach to aspire for.

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