Lots of disruptive fire before the “game of the year”: At RB Leipzig, after the announcement of Dayot Upamecano’s change to FC Bayern, the debate about the sell-off flared up again.
Coach Julian Nagelsmann was calm, but the topic comes at an inopportune time before the Champions League first leg of the first leg on Tuesday against Liverpool (9 p.m.).
“Basically, that doesn’t bother me because it is part of football,” said Nagelsmann about the change stories after the 2-1 (2-0) win against FC Augsburg, with which his team temporarily reduced the gap to leaders Bayern to four points . “That has always been the case and will probably stay that way for a few more years,” added the coach.
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The scramble for his gifted is in full swing. Dani Olmo’s advisor has already spoken openly about a move to Real Madrid and announced a new Leipzig record transfer, defender Ibrahima Konate and captain Marcel Sabitzer have been trading at top English clubs for weeks.
“We are now not on the top European shelf like Bayern Munich or Real Madrid. That’s why it is relatively normal for our players to be traded,” said Nagelsmann succinctly.
The Leipzig coach may also have been bothered by the fact that Bayern, in the person of sports director Hasan Salihamidzic, confirmed Upamecano’s change via “Bild” during the Augsburg game. “We knew we were facing very tough competition,” said Salihamidzic. Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC have also courted the services of the 22-year-old.
Old patterns at FC Bayern
Bayern fell into the old pattern, weakened a direct competitor with the transfer and caused a lot of unrest there.
The topic quickly got around, and of course Leipzig’s players had to deal with it after the game. “I didn’t know anything until now,” said defense officer Willi Orban.
Nagelsmann was also surprised. “We didn’t confirm anything, I focused on the game with the team,” said the coach about the transfer. But he knows that Upamecano has an exit clause that will apply in the summer. And that’s why it is so “that the ball is not with us, but with the player.”
The re the two-time French international, who came to Leipzig from brother club Red Bull Salzburg for ten million euros at the beginning of 2017, will receive a contract until 2026. At Bayern, the defensive cabinet will replace David Alaba and further rejuvenate the defensive.
RB Leipzig wins despite Upamecano shock
The new Bavarian was only on the bench against Augsburg, but Leipzig had the game under control even without him. Olmo (38.) and Christopher Nkunku (43.) scored for RB, Daniel Caligiuri (76./Foul penalty) made it a bit more exciting in the end.
On Monday, the RB group set off by plane to Budapest, the Liverpool game will take place in Hungary’s capital due to the corona entry regulations. “We’re trying to have the best game in Budapest, we want to get everything out of it, this is our home game,” emphasized Nagelsmann.
The RB coach also emphasized that the focus is not on the coach. “We’re looking forward to the duel with Liverpool. Jürgen Klopp is the coach there, of course. But it’s not a coaching duel,” said Nagelsmann, who will then certainly fall back on Upamecano.