RB Leipzig aim to cope without Timo Werner in Champions League | Jacob Steinberg | The Guardian

Julian Nagelsmann’s side were no one-man band before the striker left for Chelsea – but without him, facing Atlético will be hardContrary to reports, RB Leipzig will have 11 players on the pitch when they face Atlético Madrid in the last eight of the Champions League on Thursday. They were not a one-man band before Timo Werner’s departure last month and Julian Nagelsmann’s side have not travelled to Lisbon to make up the numbers. But it is going to be tough.Give Nagelsmann the choice and there is no doubt he would rather be able to use Werner against Atlético’s stingy defence. Any manager would want a striker capable of coming up with 34 goals and 13 assists in a single season. But Werner is in London, getting himself into shape before starting life at Chelsea, and Leipzig will have to find a way of operating without him in order to reach the semi-finals at Atlético’s expense. Continue reading…

Julian Nagelsmann’s side were no one-man band before the striker left for Chelsea – but without him, facing Atlético will be hard

Contrary to reports, RB Leipzig will have 11 players on the pitch when they face Atlético Madrid in the last eight of the Champions League on Thursday. They were not a one-man band before Timo Werner’s departure last month and Julian Nagelsmann’s side have not travelled to Lisbon to make up the numbers. But it is going to be tough.

Give Nagelsmann the choice and there is no doubt he would rather be able to use Werner against Atlético’s stingy defence. Any manager would want a striker capable of coming up with 34 goals and 13 assists in a single season. But Werner is in London, getting himself into shape before starting life at Chelsea, and Leipzig will have to find a way of operating without him in order to reach the semi-finals at Atlético’s expense.

Continue reading…