RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann is already the toast of European teaching after changing into the youngest supervisor to succeed in the Champions League semi-finals following Thursday’s 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid.
Whereas the formidable 33-year-old has already exceeded expectations in his first season at Leipzig, Nagelsmann is eagerly trying ahead to subsequent week’s semi-final encounter with Paris St Germain, coached by fellow German Thomas Tuchel.
“Video games in opposition to Thomas are at all times very attention-grabbing,” Nagelsmann mentioned. “As a result of he has an excellent thought of the right way to play soccer. I hope that I may also give you a good suggestion in opposition to him and that my boys will carry out as they did in opposition to Atletico.”
“Then we are going to play an excellent recreation,” mentioned Nagelsmann.
Tuchel, at 46, is older and he had briefly coached Nagelsmann as a participant within the Augsburg reserves 13 years in the past earlier than an damage reduce his taking part in profession brief and he grew to become a scout there for the present PSG coach.
Tuchel additionally represents the brand new era of German coaches, who’ve emerged previously decade, with their trademark meticulous planning, their emphasis on ways and all psychological points of the sport.
Nagelsmann and Tuchel present the breadth of German teaching behind Liverpool’s Champions League winner Juergen Klopp, with Germany doubtlessly delivering three of the 4 coaches within the semi-finals if Hansi Flick’s Bayern Munich additionally advance previous Barcelona afterward Friday.
Nagelsmann’s concepts in opposition to Atletico paid off and killed off any attacking impetus from the Spaniards, neutralising their largest weapons with a versatile and hard-working defence, and discovering the areas to strike on the proper time.
Indicative of Leipzig’s recreation plan was the truth that it was not Tyler Adams, scorer of Leipzig’s successful aim within the 88th minute, however defender Dayot Upamecano who was voted man of the match.
“I’ve usually performed as a coach in opposition to him however not often received,” Nagelsmann mentioned of his observe file in opposition to Tuchel throughout their time within the Bundesliga.
“Hopefully that can change now. I might be glad with a foul recreation if we win.”