0 - 3
(0 - 1)
⚽ C. Nkunku (41), ⚽ A. Sørloth (64), ⚽ E. Forsberg (79)
Later, players and coach confirmed that the main title contenders are in excellent spirits.
|Markus Krösche.||Photo: GEPA Pictures/Roger Petzsche/POOL via Picture Point|
"Today they did," Krösche noted, adding "they kept their cool. We've been playing very good football in recent weeks."
The 40-year-old executive lauded what he labeled a "mature performance." The visiting Saxons hardly looked like a championship team for much of the opening 45 minutes, but were eventually able to crack the game open thanks in large part to the play of midfield talisman Kevin Kampl.
The 30-year-old Slovene had a hand in all three goals. He pounced on loose balls to directly make the first two tallies happen, also delivering the penultimate pass on Emil Forsberg's 3-0 capper.
"We were superior in all respects," Kampl later told reporters. Asked about his own specific contributions, Kampl answered "one of my great strengths is anticipation."
Thrirty-year-old trainer Julian Nagelsmann kept his own post-match remarks brief, naturally remarking that it would be great if the team could "carry [this form] forward for as long as possible.
There remains unfinished business in the Champions League midweek. The German Red Bulls must once again travel to Budapest, this time to complete the "away leg" of their round-of-16 tie with Liverpool. Down 0-2 from their home leg, prospects do not look good.
A string of three convincing matches have come, surprisingly, without flexible flanker Angelino. Asked about the Spaniard's potential availability for the Champions' League fixture, Nagelsmann conceded that his prospects "weren't that good."