RB Leipzig could have returned to the top of the Bundesliga but a 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt has left them in fourth place, two points off the top. The result comes after a disappointing first half but a resurgent second half where Yussuf Poulsen continued his impressive streak of scoring spectacular goals.
"We expected more of ourselves today," said Poulsen. "We conceded a silly goal where we underestimated the situation. After that we were chasing the game.
"We're not satisfied with the point. We have to do better next week."
Overall the game was choppy at best. The passing wasn't accurate and the chances were few. Frankfurt took advantage of a misplayed ball from Dayot Upamecano and scored the game's first goal. Leipzig chased after and found it with a fantastic effort by Poulsen in the second half. From there the team seemed to be missing the sting they had in previous seasons with Timo Werner. Thus far, the combination of Alexander Sorloth and Hwang Hee-Chan have not been able to give the team the lift they need.
"You can definitely see progress," said Nagelsmann about his team's performance. "We can be pleased with that, especially given the schedule and limited training opportunities."
Leipzig's schedule for the current season is a hectic one. This year the Bundesliga will forgo their winter break and play through. It is the first time in decades that something like this will affect the season but the outcome will be that teams will be stretched thinner than in recent years. The East German club is also battling on multiple fronts with the UEFA Champions League sneaking up this week. It will be a massive game against PSG who Leipzig have already defeated once in this year's competiton.
"We want to have fresh legs going into the PSG game," said Nagelsmann. "After the home game, the pressure is on."