Julian Nagelsmann has announced that if he wins the title in the Champions League, he wants to start a crazy campaign.
“I haven’t thought of anything yet, but it could be that I would do something crazy,” explained the RB Leipzig coach in the Picture on Sunday. Nagelsmann also indirectly confirmed that he had a title premium in the contract. “I think every coach has that. If you don’t have it, you negotiated badly.”
Leipzig is preparing for the quarter-final against Atlético on Thursday next (August 13) in a training camp near Lisbon.
Nagelsmann: Cerezo statement “inspires”
If RB moves through Atlético and the possible semi-final opponent Paris Saint-Germain or Atalanta Bergamo into the final, a German duel against Bayern would also be possible. “You can dream, it’s in the realm of the possible. It’s up to us, Bavaria, to make that happen. We would be prepared for that too.”
After Enrqiue Cerezo, the Madrilenians had tinted after the draw: “Everyone is happy about Leipzig. I think it was a good lot for the tournament and we can undoubtedly be in the semi-finals.”
Nagelsmann is aware that Cerezo has also provoked Leipzig. “That spurs us on again. Ultimately, it is the case that we concentrate on making a good game and winning. And being respectful of each opponent! Everyone has to think for themselves how respectful he is towards the opponent – or not.”
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Nevertheless, the 33-year-old clearly pushed the role of favorites to the top Spanish team. “A certain light-heartedness also helps us – because, according to the President, Atlético has pushed into the favorites role. We are confident and want to get ahead. But we will not choose the words that big. In this respect, Atlético is more under pressure. We are free of expectations because we have already met our target in the Champions League. “
Duel against Simeone: grandstand possible
In comparison to world coaches like Zinedine Zidane or Pep Guardiola, Nagelsmann “still sees himself far away. Because you have to win big titles in order to reach the top coaching team.”
Nevertheless, because of his age, he believes “to be mentioned at one point with the very good colleagues.”
In the quarterfinals, Diego Simeone, who like Nagelsmann, coaches very actively and aggressively on the sidelines. The German can even imagine that one of the coaches has to go to the stands in a direct duel. “That can happen quite well. The suspension then only applies to the next game,” he said with a grin.