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RB Leipzig C. Nkunku (41), A. Sørloth (64), E. Forsberg (79)
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Krösche and Kampl confirm high spirits, Nagelsmann gives update on Angelino

By Peter Vice

Following their sixth consecutive league victory, Julian Nagelsmann led in his troops directly into the tunnel. Sporting director Markus Krösche stood alone in front of the Sky microphones to answer the infamous "M-question". 

Later, players and coach confirmed that the main title contenders are in excellent spirits.

Markus Krösche.
Markus Krösche.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Roger Petzsche/POOL via Picture Point

Sky Germany's correspondent team wanted to talk "Meisterschale" (championship) just as soon as the full-time whistle blew and RB Leipzig temporarily pushed to the top of the German table. Asked whether his team had delivered a "championship worthy" performance away at Breisgau on Saturday, sporting director Markus Krösche qualified his answer.


"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."


Freiburg
(4-2-2-2)
21Florian Müller
17Lukas Kübler ↩80
3Philipp Lienhart
23Dominique Heintz
30Christian Günter (C)
8Baptiste Santamaría ↩65
27Nicolas Höfler
7Jonathan Schmid ↩80
32Vincenzo Grifo
9Lucas Höler ↩69
11Ermedin Demirović ↩69
Bench
1Benjamin Uphoff
18Nils Petersen ↪69
5Manuel Gulde
31Keven Schlotterbeck ↪80
14Guus Til ↪69
19Janik Haberer
22Roland Sallai ↪65
29Jeong Woo-Yeong ↪80
RB Leipzig
(3-1-4-2)
1Péter Gulácsi (C)
22Nordi Mukiele
5Dayotchanculle Upamecano
16Lukas Klostermann ↩84
44Kevin Kampl
14Tyler Adams ↩84
25Daniel Olmo ↩63
18Christopher Nkunku ↩85
8Amadou Haidara
19Alexander Sørloth
9Yussuf Poulsen ↩63
Bench
13Philipp Tschauner
33Josep Martínez
10Emil Forsberg ↪63
11Hwang Hee-Chan ↪63
21Justin Kluivert
6Ibrahima Konaté ↪84
39Benjamin Henrichs ↪84
20Lazar Samardžić ↪85

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