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Julian Nagelsmann: “We fully deserve to progress to the knockouts.”

Speaking after RB Leipzig’s 3-2 victory over Manchester United in the Champions League, head coach Julian Nagelsmann praised his team’s mentality after qualifying for the knockout stages.

“I’m so proud of the lads! The team implemented our ideas brilliantly and fought until the last season,” said Nagelsmann. “Like I said before the game, my players are machines. We were particularly good in the first half and even had the chance to score a third after the early goals but we weren’t able to take it.

“Both goals we conceded were a little unlucky but we have to defender better in the build-up,” added the 33-year-old. “It was an intense end to the game but we’ve shown in recent weeks that we can get over the line when it gets tight at the end. The boys have an unbelievable mentality, they believe in themselves and they just keep going.

“We fully deserve to progress to the knockouts and that’s in a difficult group with three top opponents. You really don’t take that for granted as a young club like RB Leipzig.”

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