RB Leipzig continue their strong push in the 2020/21 Bundesliga campaign and a 2-1 win against Arminia Bielefeld has returned the East German club into title contention. Sitting just two points back of Bayern Munich, manager Julian Nagelsmann knows just how important every result is.
"Football is a results sport," said Nagelsmann after the team's win. "At the end of the day what matters is the result. Overall over 90 minutes it was definitely our worst performance of the season. We allowed so many clear scoring chances. Also, our pressing game and in possession were not good."
Harsh words from the young coach but it may be what the team needs to hear to keep them moving forward. Leagues have been decided by game such as this one where points are garnered with less than optimal performances. Last season, Leipzig was known for giving up late goals and conceding points. So much so that it allowed Munich and Dortmund to leap over them in the table.
The defining attribute of this season could boil down to the intangibles. Champions are sometimes labeled by their ability to perform above their talents and there are a few players doing just that on this Leipzig squad. One player in particular is Angelino. The Spanish winger has proven to be the most dangerous offensive player for the team and is an essential part of the selection each week.
"The team gives me confidence and provides me with chances," said Angelino who spent years working towards a spot in Manchester City to no avail. "Because we play high, I often find myself in dangerous positions near goal."
The other player that has shown an ability to change the game is Yussuf Poulsen. While he didn't appear in this weekend's game, he has shown an ability to find the back of then with shocking accuracy. Often overlooked when next to Timo Werner, Poulsen now has the chance to shine and has done so with two spectacular goals in the league thus far this season.
The schedule won't relent for Leipzig who now have to travel to Istanbul for their UEFA Champions League fixture on Wednesday. With no winter break for Bundesliga teams, it will be essential to pad their point total before the new year in order to cushion any blows that may come early in 2021. Thus far the results have continued and Leipzig are proving to be the title contender many have predicted them to be.