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Paris "Simply the Better Side" According to Nagelsmann

RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann was complimentary to his Champions League semifinal opponents Paris Saint Germain after a 3-0 loss eliminated his club on Tuesday. The experience was one that he hopes to take into the future but is aware of gulf in class between the two sides.

"PSG was simply the better side," said Nagelsmann after the game. "We have to accept that. We started the game well and won possession effectively. However, we were hectic in the final third and therefore didn't create any clear chances."

The admission of the differences between the two sides could be a call for a need to invest in the club. Leipzig made it this far in the competition on a relatively small budget compared to teams like Bayern Munich and PSG. However, they may need more in order to get over the latest hump and move away from being a selling club. Players with more experience that are used to the moment may be required.

"We couldn't take advantage of the emotion of the occasion. The first goal came from a set-piece, and we were very unlucky with the second and third goals as they came from simple mistakes which are punished at this level."

It is worth noting that former striker Timo Werner could have been a player to tip the scales. Unfortunately, this year's Champions League pushed for the German star to depart the team before the campaign was completed. Yussuf Poulsen, Patrik Schick, Christopher Nkunku and Dani Olmo couldn't punch a hole into the PSG defense. A leaky defense against world class players like Neymar and Angel Di Maria put added pressure on the offense which didn't produce on such a large stage.

Leipzig will be in the UEFA Champions League next season as well. Currently only Hwang Hee-chan from Red Bull Salzburg has been the only main transfer to join the club. Whether or not he can produce to the level of Werner remains to be seen. However it is undoubtedly clear to both Nagelsmann and the fans that there is a need for a significant talent boost to get Leipzig to the level of PSG.


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