RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann is confident in his new team after a 3-0 win against FC Nurnberg in the DFB Pokal on Saturday. The experience the team had in the UEFA Champions League appears to have brought the club closer together and give them the extra boost of motivation needed to hunt trophies in 2021.
"The games in the UEFA Champions League gave us even more confidence and we showed that on the pitch," said Nagelsmann who watched three different players score goals. "The team worked really well together, even though we had some new players out there. Everyone played their part."
Of the notable new players was Hwang Hee-chan who is expected to carry the workload for ex-striker Timo Werner. On more than a few occasions Hwang was in the right position to be a threat. He was also very good on the ball as a distributor, giving Leipzig more options behind the tip of the spear.
Another player who made his mark was Tyler Adams who appears to be a consistent first-choice for Nagelsmann. The young midfielder is playing with confidence and looks like he belongs on the first team sheet permanently.
"We have high aspirations," said Adams. "Our goal is to be at the top at the end of the season and win the title. To do that we need to continue working hard and reach the next level."
That first step was taken on Saturday in advancing in the cup. It is a competition that Leipzig nearly won two season ago when they went to the final against Bayern Munich. Whether or not they can get over the hump and defeat the Bavarian powerhouse remains to be seen. However, they are the final obstacle for a team that has shown championship potential since joining the Bundesliga in 2017.