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‘People who’ve been with RB Leipzig for long are not here anymore’: Yussuf Poulsen on dip after extraordinary season | Football News

It was an extraordinary season for RB Leipzig final year. The top-tier German aspect completed runners-up within the Bundesliga title race and made their first-ever UEFA Champions League semi-final look. However, six months later, the crew is already out of the elite European soccer match and is presently stuttering on the ninth position on the league desk.

Yussuf Poulsen, who has been part of the membership since 2013, feels the adjustments the membership witnessed in the summertime switch window as the explanation behind the steep fall. 

Julian Nagelsmann, who made headlines for being the youngest supervisor after guiding Leipzig into the UCL semis, joined arms with defending champions Bayern Munich. The 34-year-old did not go alone and took ahead Dayot Upamecano with him. Central defender Ibrahima Konate made a much bigger transfer as he switched to Premier League, signing for Liverpool in the summertime.

“We had a lot of changes this year. We change our coach, we lost a couple of our top-performing players in the transfer window in summer,” mentioned Poulsen on a digital media-meet organised by Sony Sports Network

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However, the Danish ahead is optimistic and hopes to see the crew bounce again within the second part of the league. 

“I think it’s normal for a club that’s developing as fast as we’ve been doing. People who have been here for a long time are not here anymore and you get some changes, which takes some time to get to the level that you’ve already achieved.”

“We had a half year where we didn’t perform well as we wanted to but now we think we are on the right track again,” added Poulsen referring to the crew’s commanding 4-1 win over Mainz final week. 

Poulsen additionally backed new coach Domenico Tedesco, who was appointed in December, to show issues round. “We’ve now got a new coach that we think we are fast getting used to. He’s got a lot of good ideas that are showing of. I think the first match after the winter break also showed that, even though we’ve a lot of people out due to corona, injuries and we couldn’t fill out our bench with the people in the squad,” mentioned the 27-year-old, who has netted 4 objectives on this season up to now. 

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Sharing his ideas on Covid-19 instances as soon as once more taking pictures, the Leipzig ahead termed the scenario to be “difficult”, earlier than including “it is the time we are living in.” 

“It’s just not our team but the same for all the clubs. We are in a more restricted area and we see only each other and have Covid tests everyday, so we are more protected,” mentioned Poulsen. 

“That’s why when we have one case, it’s often only one or two cases and then they are sent into quarantine but that’s the reality we have to manage. And I think up till now, we’ve managed that really really well,” he added. 

Leipzig will take on VfB Stuttgart of their subsequent conflict and shall be hoping to safe back-to-back wins. 

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