RB Leipzig, in its current form, was founded just 11 years ago after Red Bull’s billionaire founder took over fifth-division German side SSV Markranstadt, and the team has gone from strength to strength. echelons of football since.
“Big emotions for the club and our team. As a manager you have to look to the future,” RB Leipzig’s 33-year-old manager Julian Nagelsmann told BT Sport after the game.
“We have to prepare for the next game. There’s not much time to celebrate but maybe we’ll have a beer at the hotel and then focus on PSG.
“The club (RB Leipzig) has been developing very fast since then. We have reached the Bundesliga and qualified for the Champions League three times. We are still in the Champions League. Progress is faster than usual.”
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Atletico Madrid might have been slight favorites heading into the game against their German opponents, but the Spanish side failed to impress.
He may have played without striker Angel Correa and defender Sime Vrsaljkowho, who both tested positive for coronavirus but had enough experience on the pitch to put in a better performance.
The second-half introduction of Felix had seemed to give Atletico a boost, but the 20-year-old’s converted penalty was ultimately for naught.
With the game looking destined for extra time, Adams’ speculative late shot deflected Stefan Savic to end the tie in 90 minutes – sending RB Leipzig into their first Champions League semi-final.
Adams, who has 10 appearances for the US national team, moved to Leipzig from New York Red Bulls in January 2019. He becomes the first American to score in a Champions League quarter-final with what was his first goal for the club.
“Now it’s about recovering in the right way, preparing mentally and working on the game plan,” Adams told BT Sport after the game.
“We have faith in ourselves, you saw that today.”