Sinsheim (dpa) – RB Leipzig heads for another Champions League participation with trainer Julian Nagelsmann. After the 2: 0 (2: 0) victory at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, the Saxons can sit back and relax and watch the competition in the Bundesliga.
“It is up to us this week to make it clear, that’s a good thing. Two wins from us and we’re there,” said Nagelsmann after the success at his old workplace.
With the third away win in a row, Leipzig extended the lead over the pursuers Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen to six points for the time being. The two home games against Fortuna Düsseldorf and Borussia Dortmund are scheduled for next week before the season finale against FC Augsburg.
“So shortly before the end of the season you no longer have to shine extremely, you have to score your points,” said strong Kevin Kampl. “The goal is to reach the Champions League. Today was the opportunity for us to present – and we did that.” In addition, RB are represented in the premier class in the current season after the 3-0 in the first knockout round tie against Tottenham Hotspur.
While Nagelsmann had a long and loud discussion with his assistants on the lawn after the game, Managing Director Oliver Mintzlaff leaned contentedly over the balustrade of the VIP grandstand in Sinsheim and applauded the Leipzigers. Against a strong TSG, RB had two goals from Spaniard Olmo (9th / 11th minute) in a furious early phase. The guests were lucky, however, that referee Tobias Welz previously withdrew a penalty kick for Hoffenheim after video evidence due to the home side’s handball.
“I trained the team, so it would be bad if they can’t do anything,” Nagelsmann joked about the opponent. “We have not always had the game on our side in the last few weeks, today. We were a bit lucky with the penalty. In the end it was a wild game, it went back and forth, but in the end we won the game well deserved.”
With a friendly pat, the 32-year-old said goodbye to Alexander Rosen, who once made him the youngest coach in Bundesliga history. Hoffenheim’s head of sports coordinated the six-person support team after the separation, head coach Alfred Schreuder on Tuesday, and spoke into the microphones after the final whistle, but sat in the stands during the game. Assistant coach Matthias Kaltenbach conducted the Kraichgauer on the sidelines.
With the ninth home defeat this season, TSG missed the possible jump to a direct Europa League place. “The result is bitter, we imagined it differently,” said Rosen. “The performance was excellent, we want to see our team in the same way. We played really well, really intensely. That was really Hoffenheim style. We will inevitably be rewarded with these performances.”
Under Nagelsmann, who coached the Hoffenheim team from February 2016 to June 2019, the club had first reached the Europa League and then the Champions League. “If we win three games, we can do it,” said Rosen, referring to international business. In Augsburg, against Union Berlin and in Dortmund – this is the rest of the TSG program.