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Nagelsmann looks to give Leipzig a farewell gift in the German Cup Final


Nagelsmann looks to give Leipzig a farewell gift in the German Cup Final


Thursday – 1 Shawwal 1442 AH – 13 May 2021 AD Issue No. [
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Dortmund striker Haaland (right) recovering from injury is an obstacle to the Leipzig coach’s realization of his dream (EPA)

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Julian Nagelsmann intends to bid farewell to his team, Leipzig, with his first titles as a coach, when he faces today Borussia Dortmund and his returning star from an injury to Erling Haaland in the German Cup final at the Berlin Olympic Stadium behind closed doors. Nagelsmann’s task will be difficult with the return of the deadly Norwegian scorer to training, after missing the last match against Leipzig (3-2) Saturday in the league.
Haaland, 20, missed his team’s last two matches against Holstein Kiel (5-0) in the Cup semi-finals, and against Leipzig. Haaland scored 53 goals with Dortmund in various competitions since moving to his ranks in January 2020 from the Austrian club Salzburg, and he has the opportunity to win his first titles with the German team. In a rehearsal for the final match, young Englishman Jadeon Sancho shone, and led his team to a fifth successive victory and finished fourth in the Champions League qualification, scoring two goals for his team out of 3 goals.
“Even if (Haaland) plays, I think we have a good chance to win the final,” said Leipzig defender Lucas Klosterman, who scored during his team’s away defeat on Saturday. Dortmund will be absent from Swiss goalkeeper Marvin Hitz, who was injured in his knee on Saturday, and his compatriot Roman Burke will replace him. Dortmund is looking for the fifth title in its history, noting that it has been crowned twice in the current millennium, in 2012 and 2017. “It’s going to be very strong,” said his defender, Mats Hummels, who has been crowned twice in the competition. In turn, Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zürk said in media statements: “The cup started about 85 years ago, and we won 4 times; We do not raise it every year. ”
On the other hand, Leipzig, supported by the company “Red Bull” energy drinks, was founded recently in 2009, and is chasing its first title in the competition, after its big loss in the 2019 final against Bayern Munich (0-3). Bayern Munich holds the record (with 20 titles), compared to 6 for Werder Bremen, and 5 for Schalke and Eintracht Frankfurt. Leipzig, who beat Werder Bremen (2-1) after extending in the semi-finals, will face a stubborn opponent who won his last five matches, after his exit from the Champions League quarter-finals against Manchester City. The yellow and black teams have also not lost in their last 7 matches against Leipzig.
“The record is not breakthrough, we have work to do,” said Nagelsmann, who will coach Bayern Munich from next season. In 11 matches against Dortmund, coach of Leipzig or Hoffenheim before him, the young coach has only won once. “The time has come,” Nagelsmann added. “In Berlin we have to do the right thing.” The 33-year-old coach can go down in history as the youngest coach to win the title, beating Hans-Dieter Tiebenhower who was thirty-five when he led Fortuna Düsseldorf to the 1979 title.
Although he led Leipzig to the Champions League semi-finals last season, Nagelsmann has only one title in his record with Hoffenheim in the U-19 Championship for the 2013-2014 season, when he joined the team in 2019. He said he wanted to give the team “some titles” ; This is his last chance before American Jesse March, the current Austrian coach of Salzburg, replaces him.
In return, Eden Terzic wants to make a name for himself after temporarily replacing the Swiss Lucien Favre article. Before clearing the arena to Marco Rosse, coming from Borussia Moenchengladbach, the 38-year-old trained the Dortmund junior and reserve teams, before assuming the first team assignment temporarily last December. Terzic recalls when he was traveling to the capital to watch his team play while he was a fan of the club, saying, “I went by car, plane, fan train, and also the coaching staff train.” And he continued: “Now, for the first time, I will be driving the team bus to Berlin.”


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