Nagelsman Arabic Leipzig rust rust

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Julian Nagelsman, the head coach of Arabic Leipzig

Julian Nagelsman admits that Arab Leipzig was not their best, as they lost to the Bundesliga leaders on more ground and drew 1-1 at Freiburg’s home.

At the Red Bull Arena, Leipzig went 1-0 behind closed doors as Manuel Gould scored from a Vincenzo Griffith corner kick in the 34th minute.

Captain Joseph Paulsen equalized in the 13th minute and Nagelsman’s side were far from likely to be represented, although they recovered the VAR after Robin Koch’s stoppage for Freiburg dismissed the winner from the fringes.

Speaking to the media after the match, Nagelsman said the top form had proved elusive as his team and others refrained from monitoring due to the Carnavirus epidemic.

“I’m happy with the pace and intensity of the game, not with the results,” he said.

“We put a lot of pressure on them in the second half and created some good chances.

“There’s been a long break for weeks without training. You can’t recreate the tempo of the training match. So it hasn’t really come together.”

Leipzig are four points behind second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who beat Schalke 4-0, to improve by seven points if champions Bayern Munich beat Union Berlin on Sunday.

“We played well, but didn’t take our chances, so I had mixed feelings,” Paulsen said. “I’m glad we didn’t lose. But we really should have taken three things.”

Leipzig is returning to Mainz next weekend.