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RB Leipzig C. Nkunku (57), Y. Poulsen (66), A. Sørloth (90)
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Gladbach J. Hofmann (Pen. 6), M. Thuram (19)

Nagelsmann explains Angelino's tweet: "He's emotional and driven to play all the time"

By Peter Vice

Leipzig head-coach Julian Nagelsmann couldn't have been more pleased with his team's amazing second-half on Saturday evening. 

When it came to one his player's actions off the pitch, however, a minor censure was in order. 

Angelino.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Sven Sonntag

The most obvious absence from the Leipzig starting lineup during Saturday's late kick-off in the Bundesliga had to be star attacking wingback Angelino. The club's official twitter account noted that the the Spanish superstar had to withdraw with a muscular injury.

Angelino himself, not shy about about lashing out at former trainer Pep Guardiola earlier in the week, surprisingly took to twitter himself to dispute the club's post. The 24-year-old denied that he had any sort of muscular injury and proclaimed "I'm fit".

Speaking to the Sky microphones after the match, RB head-coach Julian Nagelsmann clarified that his player did, in fact, sustain a muscle injury and may have to sit out another match. Angelino's actions apparently stemmed from his frustrations at being held out by the medical staff.

"We'll discuss it with him as is obviously wasn't the most clever move," Nagelsmann said in his post-match interview, "but I also must say that I like him for precisely such reasons. It's something that distinguishes him. He's emotional and driven to play all the time."

Nagelsmann explained further that an MRI image divulged a small muscle haemorrhage. While Angelino might have been feeling well enough to play, it was for his own safety that he was kept off the pitch. The risk of a more serious injury was deemed too great.

The tweet was deleted, but some were able to snapshot it before it was taken down.

RB Leipzig
1Péter Gulácsi
22Nordi Mukiele
5Dayotchanculle Upamecano
4Willi Orban
23Marcel Halstenberg
7Marcel Sabitzer (C) ↩46
14Tyler Adams
21Justin Kluivert ↩76
25Daniel Olmo
18Christopher Nkunku ↩90
9Yussuf Poulsen
33Josep Martínez
10Emil Forsberg ↪76
11Hwang Hee-Chan
19Alexander Sørloth ↪46
6Ibrahima Konaté
16Lukas Klostermann ↪90
8Amadou Haidara
20Lazar Samardžić
44Kevin Kampl
1Yann Sommer (C)
15Louis Beyer
28Matthias Ginter
30Nico Elvedi ↩62
8Denis Zakaria ↩80
19Valentino Lazaro
23Jonas Hofmann ↩62
11Hannes Wolf
17Oscar Wendt ↩80
36Breel-Donald Embolo
10Marcus Thuram ↩61
21Tobias Sippel
7Patrick Herrmann
14Alassane Pléa ↪80
16Ibrahima Traoré
25Ramy Bensebaini ↪62
6Christoph Kramer ↪61
13Lars Stindl ↪80
32Florian Neuhaus ↪62
43Rocco Reitz

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