|Venue: Puskas Arena, Budapest Date: Tuesday 16 February (20:00 GMT)|
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Julian Nagelsmann is youthful than a few of Jurgen Klopp’s gamers – however is aiming to mastermind Liverpool’s Champions League exit.
Klopp was at college and enjoying part-time soccer when Julian Nagelsmann, supervisor of Liverpool’s Champions League last-16 opponents RB Leipzig, was born in 1987.
At 33, Nagelsmann is youthful than Liverpool gamers James Milner and Adrian and has already been courted by Real Madrid.
But what makes the younger boss, who took Leipzig to the semi-finals final season, tick?
BBC Sport’s Guillem Balague came upon.
‘I is usually a loopy little one’
Nagelsmann was simply 28 years previous when he was named as supervisor of Hoffenheim. In his first full season, they certified for the Champions League – solely to be eradicated within the play-off spherical by Klopp’s Liverpool.
“When you educate and develop your players, it is important they recognise you are sometimes crazy and a child and want to play football. Even though I am a manager, there will always be a good relationship with them.
“They know I’m not solely the man who tells them concepts however that I will also be a loopy little one as properly – and that’s essential.
“I am nearly the same age as my players and knowing their trigger points and the most important topics off the pitch can be a big advantage.
“When I get a brand new participant, we do checks about his character and persona as a result of it is rather essential to search out out concerning the issues he likes to do on and off the pitch.
“It is important to have face-to-face meetings, so when the players have things on their mind we talk. It is important to have a good relationship with your players. If they like you and love you – and the other way around – you will be successful.
“When you get into their brains, generally they run extra for you. If they just like the supervisor, they are going to attempt to do extra for you.”
‘It wasn’t straightforward to say no to Real’
Success with Hoffenheim led to a transfer to RB Leipzig in 2019 and that run to the semi-finals of the Champions League. Incredibly, he was on the radar to exchange Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid even earlier than that, in the summertime of 2018.
“It is essential to have a profession plan, to make the fitting steps. It is true I had a cellphone name from Real Madrid. I used to be not the one one they received in contact with.
“They wanted to talk to me and get to know me and get to know my philosophy. I made the right decision, it was not that easy because Real Madrid are one of the biggest clubs.
“If they name me sooner or later maybe the choice can be totally different, however two years in the past it was the fitting resolution. I had no time for preparation, no time to be taught the language. I didn’t have an awesome expertise at worldwide degree.
“With Hoffenheim, we only won one continental game, so to be the next manager of Real Madrid was not the right next step. The step to go to Leipzig was better for my career.”
‘Even my hobbies are about motion’
Nagelsmann’s sides – as Tottenham can testify after being knocked out at this stage final season – are recognized for taking part in a high-tempo, high-pressing type. So it is no shock that off the sphere the supervisor enjoys taking dangers as properly.
“My hobbies are linked to the way I want to play soccer. I want to do different action things, like kite surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking, freeriding with skis.
“I like these sports activities in my free time and it might be a giant hyperlink with how I need to play soccer. It is all the time about offensive components, all the time about motion, making an attempt to create probabilities and provides followers within the stadium an emotional time.”
‘What Liverpool do is world class’
Liverpool have by no means performed Leipzig earlier than – however did beat Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim residence and away in 2017.
“Liverpool have struggled at instances this season however they are going to attempt to press us very excessive, assault us very excessive. Our build-up recreation needs to be fast and we’ve to make the fitting selections. We additionally must play some lengthy balls into the deep house.
“There will be big phases where we have to defend deep because what they do is world class. Their three forwards are very dangerous and very good.
“Our efficiency needs to be superb to win the sport. A vital a part of being a supervisor is to review the opponents.”