RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann believes that his team has deservedly reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. The Germans were in the last eight on Thursday evening thanks to a late hit 2-1 too strong for Atlético Madrid.
“I think it’s well deserved. We were the better team”, concluded the 33-year-old Nagelsmann after the match in Lisbon. “Under these circumstances and against this opponent it was not easy. I am very proud of the boys.”
Leipzig took the lead five minutes after the break thanks to a goal from Dani Olmo. Twenty minutes before the end, João Félix balanced the score from a penalty kick. There seemed to be an extension, but two minutes before the end, substitute Tyler Adams still gave his team the win.
Adams came on the field in the 72nd minute and couldn’t wait to be of value to his side. “After my substitution I wanted to influence the game. I am proud that it went so well, even though I am not a typical goalscorer,” said the midfielder.
Joy at Leipzig after the 2-1. (Photo: Pro Shots)
‘We are really happy’
Leipzig, which was only founded in 2009, is in the semi-final of the Champions League for the first time. In it, Nagelsmann’s team will take on Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday in Lisbon, which won 2-1 against Atalanta on Wednesday thanks to two late goals.
“We are really happy,” Adams exulted. “We know that PSG has a great team and what they did yesterday against Atalanta. They have very good players. But we have confidence in ourselves, that was clear today.”
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