It didn’t take lengthy for Leipzig to place the loss to Paris Saint-Germain behind it and begin celebrating its spectacular Champions League marketing campaign.
The sudden run by Leipzig ended with a 3-0 loss to PSG in Tuesday’s semifinal, however there was nonetheless cause for the younger German membership to be happy with its outcomes this season.
“We performed season, we made it to the semifinals within the Champions League, which is a good achievement,” Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann mentioned. “We’re pleased with that. We’re pissed off, after all, however we’ll collect new energy forward of subsequent season.”
In solely its second Champions League look, Leipzig made it to the final 4 after eliminating final yr’s runner-up Tottenham within the spherical of 16, and Atlético Madrid — a two-time finalist lately — within the quarterfinals.
It was an enormous underdog towards each these opponents after qualifying from a theoretically weak group that included Lyon, Benfica and Zenit St. Petersburg.
“We talked about what we may’ve achieved higher, however we simply wished to savor being right here,” Leipzig striker Yussuf Poulsen mentioned. “We’re pleased with what we’ve achieved all season lengthy and we all know what we have now to do higher.”
Leipzig was by no means in rivalry towards PSG’s high-profile squad led by Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. It did not threaten with its high-pressing model and couldn’t come again from conceding an early set-piece objective at Benfica’s Stadium of Mild.
“We received’t be the primary crew to not cease Neymar and we received’t be the final,” Nagelsmann mentioned. “As a coach you concentrate on the following challenges. There’s quite a lot of optimistic issues we take with us. The perspective of my gamers was nice. We confirmed character on the pitch, however you need to settle for when the opponent is stronger.”
Leipzig might be again within the Champions League subsequent season due to its third-place end within the Bundesliga.
“We need to be again and expertise the identical once more within the Champions League subsequent season,” mentioned Nagelsmann, the youngest coach to make it to the Champions League semifinals at 33. “Now it’s time for holidays for my gamers earlier than coming collectively as a crew and preparing for subsequent season.”
Leipzig’s nice run got here regardless of the lack of prime scorer Timo Werner to Chelsea forward of the quarterfinals. Now there may be discuss concerning the crew probably shedding extra gamers forward of the brand new season.
Patrik Schick and Dayot Upamecano may very well be among the many gamers wanted by different golf equipment after spectacular performances. The membership has already mentioned that the Champions League run does not imply it will begin spending way over it has till now.
Leipzig signed South Korean foward Hwang Hee-Chan final month to make up for the absence of Werner, however he was not eligible to play within the Champions League this season. Hwang was the seventeenth switch from Austrian facet Salzburg, which can also be backed by Purple Bull.
Leipzig was created solely 11 years in the past with backing from the drinks firm, which purchased the license rights from fifth-tier membership SSV Markranstaedt and financed the brand new crew’s regular promotion by way of the decrease leagues in Germany. It made it to the Bundesliga for the primary time in 2016.
“We all know that it was season for a younger crew and we’ll attempt to do it once more subsequent season,” Nagelsmann mentioned.
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