Leipzig coach Nagelsmann eyes more success after stunning Atletico Madrid

Reuters/Lisbon, Portugal
Filed on August 14, 2020
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Leipzig's German headcoach Julian Nagelsmann (C) and his players celebrate their win at the end of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final between Leipzig and Atletico Madrid at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon on August 13, 2020.


The 33-year-old says he will have a plan to beat PSG in Champions League semi-finals after shocking Spanish giants.

RB Leipzig's 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid on Thursday to reach the Champions League semi-finals has whetted their appetite and now the Germans have set their sights on Paris St Germain.

"It's normal that when you get to the next round, you want more. Tonight we're happy. Tomorrow we will start looking at Paris," Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann told reporters. "That will be another difficult game, but we'll have a plan."

"It is only normal that we want to reach the final now. That's clear. When we are there then we can talk again."

Leipzig shocked the 2014 and 2016 Champions League runners-up Atletico to reach their first ever semi-final.

With two minutes of normal time remaining, United States midfielder Tyler Adams snatched victory with a deflected shot from outside the box to after Atletico had cancelled out the Germans' first half lead.

"You try to train for things but my players did take very good decisions tonight throughout the game," Nagelsmann said.

Leipzig, who knocked out Tottenham Hotspur in the last 16, face the French champions on August 18.

"It was the team that eliminated Tottenham and now Atletico. It is a team sport and the boys were outstanding. We were the better team," said Nagelsmann, at 33 the youngest coach to reach the last four of the competition.

"In the first half we were not very good in the final third of the pitch. But this young team showed no nerves," he said.

Meanwhile, Diego Simeone said Atletico Madrid were weighed down by the pressure and intensity of a long season as they crashed out of the Champions League on Thursday against Leipzig. 

Defeat ends a disappointing season for Atletico, who finished third in La Liga, 17 points behind Real Madrid. 

"We didn't have that physical sharpness or rhythm," said Simeone afterwards. 

"At the end of a season with so much pressure, so much need to get into the Champions League, and the need to integrate new players. 

"We came with a lot of hope. The feeling is a lot of bitterness but I know the players gave everything. They gave it their all." 

Questions will be asked about Simeone's future and his ability to turn this Atletico side into winners again, while sticking to his defensive style of play. 

"I have nothing to say to anyone about what we did this season. It's a good season, third in La Liga, quarter-finalists in Champions League," Simeone said. 

"Next season will be tough, very tough." 

Simeone admitted Leipzig were the better team and deserved to go through to the semis. 

"They were better, faster," he added. "We gave everything and we leave with dignity, with an opponent who deserves their victory." 

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