Leipzig (dpa) – RB Leipzig started their “Missão final” with big ambitions and little staff concerns.
On Saturday afternoon, the team took off in the charter plane from Leipzig for the Champions League blitz tournament in Lisbon, the day after coach Julian Nagelsmann asked for the first training session on the Atlantic in the stadium of the second division club GD Estoril. Spies sent by Atletico Madrid quarter-final opponents are unlikely to have gained any new knowledge.
“The stadium is relatively easy to see. We won’t be able to practice any tactical finesse. It’s more a question of freshness,” said Nagelsmann. The ambitious 33-year-old has planned the August 13 game (9 p.m. / Sky) in great detail. “With a match like this, you have to prepare different things. At Atletico, I think I know what the opponents are doing. I already have the plan in my head, the players also know that.”
Meanwhile, the report of two positive Corona cases caused a stir at Atlético on Sunday night. As announced by the Spanish Premier League football club, the team had been tested on Saturday according to UEFA protocol. Two positive tests were then confirmed on Sunday. Those not named were immediately quarantined in their homes.
RB is preparing for the possible coup about 25 kilometers west of Lisbon in Estoril. In the noble Palácio Estoril Golf & Spa hotel, players have everything they need despite strict hygiene measures. Ahead of the Atletico game, Nagelsmann still has staff issues. National player Marcel Halstenberg and forward Patrik Schick are back in training after their back problems, but they are lacking in form.
Nevertheless, thanks to the unique format with one game, the chances of winning the title are greater than ever. With only two wins, you are already in the final. “Every team has the opportunity to win the title this year, including the elimination of the first leg and the second leg. So do we,” sporting director Markus Krösche told “Sport1”. “And it’s up to us to continue to write our history in Lisbon.”
Krösche does not see the fact that Timo Werner, who moved to FC Chelsea, did not make the tournament as a serious problem. “Timo was an important player for RB. But we are confident that we can advance to the semi-finals without him,” said the 39-year-old, referring to “an incredible number of players” such as Patrik Schick, Dani Olmo , Yussuf Poulsen and Christopher Nkunku and Marcel Sabitzer, “who can also score goals”.
As a newcomer to the quarter-finals, Leipzig will be an outsider against Atletico, who were already in the final in 2014 and 2016. “It doesn’t hurt us, it’s relatively normal. Atletico are great. European team, ”Nagelsmann said. The coach still expects a tough fight. “It will be a matter of patient. Atlético have experience holding zero for a long time and they score very few goals. We cannot go blind.”
Kevin Kampl does not want to befriend the role of outsider. “I don’t think there is a big favorite. Atletico know we are a top team,” said the playmaker. Kampl also underlined the advantage of shortcut mode: “Such luck Maybe won’t happen again. We’re all only two games away from the final, we all know that. Nobody wants to go home on Friday. “
At RB, we are convinced that great respect is based on mutuality. “My instinct is also that Diego Simeone didn’t burst into tears of joy when he was drawn,” said Krösche of the charismatic Atletico coach. Officially, Simeone had even spoken of a 50:50 match. Here’s how Nagelsmann sees it: “Neither team is familiar with this format with one game. That’s why I think experience doesn’t play as much as it does with two games.”