RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsman has praised Borussia Dortmund’s ability ahead of their classic clash in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
RB Leipzig will host Dortmund on Saturday in a mouth-watering Bundesliga clash which everyone has been looking forward to. Prior to the encounter, Leipzig sits second in the Bundesliga table, six points ahead of Dortmund, who are fourth, and two behind leader Bayern Munich after 14 matches.
The game which will take place at the Red Bull Arena will be RB Leipzig’s first home game of 2021 and the high flying side will look to win this one. Speaking in a press conference ahead of the game, Nagelsman praised Dortmund’s ability and also highlighted the threat Erling Haaland can bring to the game.
“Borussia Dortmund have an unbelievably talented team, no doubt about it,’ Nagelsma said
“They boast tremendous quality, especially when they get into the final third, and they are also extremely dangerous from set-pieces.
“Erling Haaland is returning from injury. His movement and his goalscoring ability can hurt any team, so it will be up to us to stop the ball from getting to him. But he is just one of many highly talented individuals. Dortmund has lots of other players who can cause us problems and on whom we must stay focused.
“We have the confidence to give a much better account of ourselves than in our last home game against BVB.
“To me, it is very important that we keep our defensive game at the same level that it has been of late – this will be a key to success for us. Obviously, our chance conversion will play a role as well, because chances won’t come ten-a-penny against a top team like Dortmund.”
Nagelsman also spoke about his team mentality for the season and what they look to achieve.
“We’re in the swing of things. When we win, the busy schedule is easier to cope with than when we lose. We need to invest a lot of our energy into this and keep riding this wave. My team’s character is unbelievable, mentally we are unbelievably strong and I don’t get the feeling that this will drop off any time soon.
“We desperately want to win this game and we will give everything to try and do that. Gaining a nine-point lead on a direct rival for the top spots would be a huge step for us.
“Fundamentally we always want to fight for the maximum. We’re trying to pose a huge challenge for every team in every game and obviously, we want to continue fighting for the top spots. Looking at the table, the next few games obviously look very interesting, that’s true. But every game in this league is a test – that won’t be any different after our games against Dortmund, Wolfsburg, and Union Berlin either.”