Leipzig proud despite semifinal loss to PSG in Champions League

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It was a giant underdog towards each these opponents after qualifying from a theoretically weak group that included Lyon, Benfica and Zenit St. Petersburg.

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 surprising run by Leipzig ended with a 3-Zero loss to PSG in Tuesday’s semifinal, however there was nonetheless motive for the younger German membership to be happy with its outcomes this season.

“We performed a superb 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, in fact, 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 in recent times — within the quarterfinals.

It was a giant 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 might’ve executed higher, however we simply needed 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’ve got to do higher.”

Leipzig was by no means in competition towards PSG’s high-profile squad led by Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. It did not threaten with its high-pressing type and couldn’t come again from conceding an early set-piece purpose at Benfica’s Stadium of Mild.

“We gained’t be the primary staff to not cease Neymar and we gained’t be the final,” Nagelsmann mentioned. “As a coach you concentrate on the following challenges. There’s lots of constructive issues we take with us. The angle of my gamers was nice. We confirmed character on the pitch, however it’s a must 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 staff 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 in regards to the staff probably dropping extra gamers forward of the brand new season.

Patrik Schick and Dayot Upamecano could possibly be among the many gamers wanted by different golf equipment after spectacular performances. The membership has already mentioned that the Champions League run doesn’t suggest it could begin spending excess of 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 17th switch from Austrian aspect Salzburg, which can be backed by Crimson 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 staff’s regular promotion by the decrease leagues in Germany. It made it to the Bundesliga for the primary time in 2016.

“We all know that it was a superb season for a younger staff and we’ll attempt to do it once more subsequent season,” Nagelsmann mentioned.

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