Julian Nagelsmann has warned Liverpool that it is “not impossible” for RB Leipzig to make a great comeback in the Champions League next month.
Set goals for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane Py In leading their turn of 16 draw by securing a A 2-0 home win In Budapest on Tuesday.
While Jürgen Klopp’s side dominated possession, Leipzig hit the post early and came close twice to scoring in the second half.
Nagelsmann believes the Bundesliga team can challenge history with only one team that has already reversed their 2-0 home defeat to advance in the European Cup.
“The big difference was that they scored with their chances, we had three big chances and we weren’t fast enough,” said the Leipzig coach.
“For the two big mistakes we made, we were punished, and at such a high level this is normal.
“We did well. It’s not that easy for us in the second leg, but it’s not impossible. We’ll try our best to get to the next round.”
“We had the biggest chances and we had to score. But we conceded two goals away from our home.
“Liverpool respected us before the match and I think they have more respect for us now.”
Nagelsmann added: “I was very happy with the first 10 minutes, we put in great pressure and won enough balls and created the first opportunity when we hit the post.”
“Then we ran behind the ball, I have to say. We didn’t attack at the right moments. We didn’t press like we had started.
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“Liverpool had more possession of the ball, especially building and opening the match, they were very flexible but not very dangerous.
The Leipzig “Home” match was played at the Puskas Arena in Budapest because the Reds were not allowed to enter Germany due to coronavirus restrictions.
The return leg is set to take place in Anfield on March 10, although Liverpool are setting up alternate venues with Leipzig possibly unable to travel.
Nagelsmann believes a second confrontation in Hungary could be an option.
“We will see where the second leg will be played,” he said. “It might be an idea that you would play it here again if it hadn’t taken place in Liverpool.”