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RB Leipzig rising star Tyler Adams isn't dwelling on his Champions League quarterfinal heroics too long as his thoughts are already on how to stop Paris Saint Germain. The star-laden team that consists of World cup winner Kylian Mbappe, international star Neymar and veteran winger Angel Di Maria, are poised to fulfill a destiny set out for them since the team began their big spending ways nearly a decade ago.
"We haven't yet thought about it," said Adams about their game plan against PSG. "Of course you can say those names and you think of the individual talent that they have and what they've done and achieved already, both of them, at such a young age, winning World Cups, winning the Olympics."
While PSG may have the high profile talent, Leipzig also have a series of impressive young players that have been the backbone of their success both in Europe as well as the Bundesliga. Tyler Adams is part of that core. Despite injuries and differing roles in the club, the young American's play has directly led to the progression of the club. Now, it is both his and the team's chance to show the world the level of talent at the young club's disposal.
Leipzig are new to this world of international football, having qualified for their first Champions League back in the 2017-18 season. Since then they have had stumbles at different stages, including not qualifying for the knockout stage of the Europa League in 2018-19. Those lessons were absorbed by current manager Julian Nagelsmann and now have the club poised to advance to their first Champions League final.
"This fearless mentality that our team has being such a young team," said Adams. "We go into these games just thinking we can win everything. Like I said, confidence is key in these types of moments, but going out there and obviously being able to execute is huge as well."
Leipzig have a few days left before their big game, stepping on the field this Tuesday at 3PM EST.