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VIDEO SHOWS: RB LEIPZIG COACH JULIAN NAGELSMANN AND CAPTAIN YUSSUF POULSEN AT NEWS CONFERENCE / VARIOUS OF LEIPZIG FANS WATCHING GAME
LISBON, PORTUGAL (AUGUST 18, 2020) (UEFA - NO RESALES. NO COMMERCIAL USE. MUST ON-SCREEN COURTESY "©UEFA 2020")
1. RB LEIPZIG COACH, JULIAN NAGELSMANN, AND CAPTAIN, YUSSUF POULSEN, AT NEWS CONFERENCE
2. (SOUNDBITE) (German) RB LEIPZIG COACH, JULIAN NAGELSMANN, SAYING:
"Our opponent today was significantly stronger than we were. It is always part of the preparation as a coach to decide how much pressure to put on the other team, how can you adapt. It's not all that easy. Our opponent was very flexible. We started well in the first half, but then they marked the first goal in a standard situation and then the second from out of nowhere. And then of course, it becomes difficult. I think we didn't give that many chances up in play. It was two mistakes in standard situations."
3. NAGELSMANN AND POULSEN IN NEWS CONFERENCE
4. (SOUNDBITE) (German) RB LEIPZIG COACH, JULIAN NAGELSMANN, SAYING:
"We played a good Champions League season and my takeaway will be that the lads played a fearless game against one of the most uncomfortable teams in Europe. When I think of scenes like the one where in the 91st minute Yussi managed a 30 metre sprint to the back when Xavi was making sprints at our goal, then I take away that the team has their hearts in the right place, that they brought their good character to the pitch and sometimes you just have to accept that the opponent is stronger. There is more differentiation at the top of European soccer."
5. NAGELSMANN AND POULSEN IN NEWS CONFERENCE
6. (SOUNDBITE) (German) RB LEIPZIG COACH, JULIAN NAGELSMANN, SAYING:
"Our opponent had not only a better quality than us and top quality play, but a top mental quality. They defended incredibly well in the box, which I think Yussi also felt. They defended every corner and every cross. On this day, they were better than us and even if we could have made a lot of things better, as players or as a trainer, maybe it would still not have been enough."
7. WHITE FLASH
8. (SOUNDBITE) (German) RB LEIPZIG COACH, JULIAN NAGELSMANN, SAYING:
"In the first instance, I saw a very good Leipzig team that pushed themselves to their limits and I am very proud of them and all the good things they have achieved, including how they have behaved outside the stadium. They have been completely professional and have done everything to earn their success and I take away from this that it does me good to have a team like this."
9. WHITE FLASH
10. (SOUNDBITE) (German) RB LEIPZIG COACH, JULIAN NAGELSMANN, SAYING:
"We need to carry on being active and dangerous in our ball possession. We need to create situations for ourselves and continue to improve, especially against opponents who play deep. We need to get more stable. And I want us continue showing the heart that we showed against Atletico and showed today and if we do this, we will continue our competitive journey. There will be bumps in the road, but when we talk about the team, we talk about development and development is a process that doesn't always go in the same direction, otherwise it wouldn't be development. You have to overcome obstacles."
11. NEWS CONFERENCE ENDING
LEIPZIG, GERMANY (AUGUST 18, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
12. EXTERIOR OF MUENZBAR IN LEIPZIG WHERE FANS HAD GATHERED TO WATCH
13. DISAPPOINTED FAN
14. VARIOUS OF FANS WATCHING THROUGH WINDOW
15. RB LEIPZIG LOGO LIT UP
16. VARIOUS OF FANS LOOKING GLUM
17. BEER ON BAR
18. FANS CHEERING THEN STOPPING
19. VARIOUS OF SAD LOOKING FANS
20. MAN ORDERING BEER
21. FAN WATCHING
22. (SOUNDBITE) (German) LEIPZIG FAN, HEINZ SANDHORN, SAYING:
"The semi-final, it's amazing that we made it this far. Today was the encore and we hoped that there would be another surprise,, but their class won out. I mean, that row of attackers that Paris had, that attitude. We are still a bit of a way off. But new season, new luck. We can be satisfied. With such a new team we delivered an amazing game, an amazing season."
23. (SOUNDBITE) (German) LEIPZIG FAN, OLIVER, SAYING:
"As to the game, I would say Paris absolutely deserved their win. You have to give it to them. Still, RB fans can be very, very pleased to have reached the semi-final is an amazing thing. But unfortunately, Paris was better and deserved to go through. We have to accept this but we can be very proud."
24. (SOUNDBITE) (German) LEIPZIG/MUNICH FAN, PETER, (FROM MUNICH SO SUPPORTS BAYERN BUT LIVES IN LEIPZIG SO SUPPORTS THEM TOO) SAYING:
"I am very excited about tomorrow, but as I live here, I would have been very happy if they had made it against Paris. But they are just another league. Paris is strong and more experienced. And Leipzig are still very young and miss their shots here and there and Paris is just in another category. But still, it is great that they got so far. It's a great result for such a young team and we are very, very happy."
25. STREET WITH BAR ON
STORY: RB Leipzig had no chance against Paris St Germain in their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday (August 18), Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann said, as the German side's 3-0 loss sent them out of the competition.
Leipzig, who had eliminated Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid to reach the last four, hardly got a chance throughout the game with the French champions in complete control.
"They were better than us. Even if we could have made a lot of things better, maybe it would still not have been enough," Nagelsmann said after the game.
"They were flexible. We started well in the first half. But then conceded the first goal and then the second from a mistake of ours."
PSG went ahead in the 13th minute through Marquinhos and got a second in the 42nd when Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi sent the ball to Leandro Paredes who helped set up Di Maria for their second.
Leipzig were on the backfoot throughout, showing none of the attacking spirit that had carried them to the semi-finals.
The French club, who celebrate the 50th anniversary of their founding in 1970, will meet the winner of Wednesday's (August 19) other semi between Bayern Munich and Olympique Lyonnais.
"But I am proud today because my players had their heart in the right spot, even if they lost. I accept that the opponent was overwhelming," said Nagelsmann, who at 33 is the youngest coach to reach the last four of the competitions.
"We must continue improving, to keep showing such heart. We will continue and will be in the competition again. Development is a process. You have to overcome obstacles.
"We know that it was a good season for a young team and we will try to do it again next season and work hard. We will work our way back in the Champions League to experience such situations again," Nagelsmann said.
(Production: Stefan Remter, Leon Malherbe, Tanya Wood)