RB Leipzig coach confident club can surprise without Timo Werner

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2019-20 UEFA Champions League 

12-15 August 2020


RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann is confident of his team's chances heading into Thursday's UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie against Atletico Madrid in Lisbon. 
 Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone
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The Bundesliga club booked their last eight ticket with a convincing 4-0 aggregate win over last season's runners-up Tottenham Hotspur in the Round of 16 and Nagelsmann is excited to be leading Leipzig's charge in Europe's premier club competition. 
Atletico have reached two Champions League finals in the last six years and beat defending champions Liverpool to book their place in the quarter-finals. 
“We’ll have to be creative and have control. They’re a European heavyweight, especially in recent years,” Nagelsmann said in an interview with Marca.

“Diego Simeone has done a great job with a lot of success. They’re a solid team that we’ll have to drill through.

“Of course. My biggest dream is to win the Champions League. It’s a long and complicated road. Everyone left in the quarter-finals are top teams and we’re happy to be here.”
Leipzig will be without leading marksman Timo Werner who signed for English Premier League club Chelsea. The German forward scored 34 goals in 45 appearances for the club in the 2019/20 season, but even in his absence Nagelsmann remains confident that his side can pull off a surprise in the Portuguese capital on Thursday. 

“It’s a good thing that we don’t have to play with 10 men and that we can replace him,” he added. “Timo is a super player who scored a lot, but I see other players who were in his shadow who can replace him.”

UEFA Champions League fixtures, quarter-finals: 

Wednesday, 12 August 
22:00 - Atalanta vs Paris Saint-Germain
Thursday, 13 August 
22:00 - RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid 
Friday, 14 August 
22:00 - Barcelona vs Bayern Munich 
Saturday, 15 August 
22:00 - Manchester City vs Lyon

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Published: 08/12/2020