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Julian Nagelsmann: Leipzig was the better team, second place is now the goal

With a seven-point deficit, Nagelsmann shifts Leipzig’s focus on finishing second and winning the DFB-Pokal.

FC Bayern Muenchen v RB Leipzig - Bundesliga Photo by Lukas Barth-Tuttas - Pool/Getty Images

After falling to Bayern Munich at home, RB Leipzig’s head coach, Julian Nagelsmann answered questions from the press. Losing by a score of 1-0, Nagelsmann believed that his team was the better on the day. Said Nagelsmann (as captured by Tz), “We already know why we lost. We got a goal that we shouldn’t have gotten like that. But we still played a very good game and were clearly the better team. We also had chances, but missed the goal. We were not worse today, the opponent just had more quality in goal.”

RB Leipzig v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga
Julian Naglesmann thought his team was better than Bayern Munich, but just could not find the back of the net.
Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

After losing Timo Werner to Chelsea last year, Leipzig haven’t had a true goal-scorer. This seemed apparent on Saturday, but when asked about how this hurt his team in a game like this, Nagelsmann wasn’t having any of it. “If we had an absolute goal-scorer, that would do us good. But we don’t have that. But that’s not why we were worse than the opponent. We worked very hard — in the end, very little came out of it.”

In a game that Leipzig had the opportunity to cut Bayern’s lead in the Bundesliga title race down to just one point, Bayern instead extended their lead to a staggering seven points. Out of the Champions League and seeing the Meisterschale slipping away, Nagelsmann said this about the goals for the rest of the season: “Of course, it’s not easy to keep motivation high now. But the guys have a super character. We can still win the title in the cup and want to finish second (in the Bundesliga).”

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