Skip to main content

Nagelsmann: "We Still Need to Be More Clinical"

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. 


Popular posts from this blog

Red Bulls Announce Fan Experience Improvements

by Garry Redman On top of the theme nights announced this season, something new has been added the next time the season ticket holders and supporters step inside The Cathedral... The state-of-the-art LED lighting system at Red Bull Arena will provide higher on-field light levels for enhanced visibility and safety and introduce new entertainment features that heighten the overall experience for spectators.   Built around Musco's Total Light Control—TLC for LED™ technology, the new system is designed to provide exceptional playability and uniformity while minimizing glare. Cleaner, whiter light will elevate the broadcast quality for fans watching around the world.  Color-changing fixtures and Show-Light® Pro entertainment technology will allow the Red Bulls to wash the stadium in different colors and synchronize light shows to music, heightening the fan experience during goal celebrations, player introductions, and other big moments. If you have no idea what this means, click here t

Rumor: Dru Yearwood to be Traded to Nashville SC

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced More trade rumors are circulating as Red Bulls midfielder Dru Yearwood is linked to a move to Nashville SC according to Tom Bogert of the Athletic . What Red Bull will receive for such a trade remains to be seen. However expectations are that the move will be finalized by the end of next week. Yearwood joined New York in 2020 from Brentford in England. Along the way he has made 86 appearances for the club, including 55 starts. In 2021 and 2022 he made 18 starts, scoring three goals and three assists, his total output for the club in Major League Soccer.  In 2023 Yearwood found his position in the club to vary greatly. At times he played in a defensive midfield role next to Frankie Amaya and other times higher up the field, almost as a second forward. After the departure of Cristian Casseres Jr. earlier in the year, it appeared as if Yearwood's minutes would increase. However Daniel Edelman stepped into the role, relegating Yearwood to more

Ex-Red Bulls Coach Gerhard Struber Shares Thoughts on MLS and Salzburg

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced Red Bull News Network had the chance to communicate with former New York Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber, now the manager of Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga. Struber was with New York from the end of the 2020 campaign through to the early part of 2023. Along the way he secured two playoff berths, a seventh and fourth place finish in 2021 and 2022 respectively. While his time was ended abruptly in MLS, his memories of the American version of the game have helped him prepare for such a monumental task in Europe. You spent nearly three seasons in Major League Soccer with the New York Red Bulls, what did you learn from that experience that has made you a different coach at Red Bull Salzburg? Struber: In addition to the sporting aspects, there is a lot that I was able to gain from my work at New York Red Bulls. Any work in a foreign country not only brings you closer to the language, but also to the culture and mentality of the pe