RB Leipzig are sitting atop the Bundesliga table after their first three fixtures but manager Julian Nagelsmann knows that there is a lot of work to be done in order to raise the club's first title. Now, with players returning from the international break, it is back to focusing on what can make the team better.
"As a team, we still need to be more clinical with our finishing," said Nagelsmann. "It's important and it will become more crucial that we put games to bed early so that we can ease up a bit in terms of our intensity in the closing stages of the game."
Nagelsmann is well aware of his team's late-game struggles last season which saw their championship chances diminish after the winter break. The team's energetic level of play has long been exploited by defensive teams that know their chances can be found if they wait out the storm. The young German coach knows that his team needs to finish their chances in order to avoid those issues moving forward.
Thus far the results have been there for Leipzig despite the performances. The most notable problems were shown in the game against Leverkusen. The team was able to escape with a draw but the defense was pushed by the classic Bundesliga club. Nagelsmann knows that they may not escape with a result in such a game in the future.
"Augsburg's style of play has greatly improved," said Nagelsmann of this weekend's opponent. "They don't allow nearly as many counter-attacks and take fewer risks. They have a clear structure to their build-up play and have several attacking options to call upon."
Leipzig takes on Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday morning for US fans.