After drawing 2-2 with Bayern Munich, Red Bull Leipzig player Emil Forsberg believed his team can compete with the best.
Leipzig squandered a two-goal lead at home to the reigning Bundesliga champions just days before hosting Manchester City in the Champions League. Lois Openda and Castello Lukeba put the hosts ahead before Harry Kane and ex-City winger Leroy Sane pulled one back for Bayern.
Leipzig finally squandered the opportunity to leapfrog the German heavyweights, as Benjamin Sesko was unable to get on the end of a cross in stoppage time to secure all three points. After the game, Forsberg, now in his tenth season with the club, expressed disappointment but believes the result demonstrated that they can compete with Europe’s top.
“It was a tough game,” stated the midfielder. “It’s not always easy to finish a game when you’re up 2-0 at halftime.” Bayern Munich is a really talented team that never stops. We had to be completely concentrated at all times
“However, we also demonstrated that we are a formidable team.” We must now shift our emphasis to the upcoming game against Manchester City and be completely prepared for it.”
Janis Blaswich, the goalkeeper, was equally disappointed by the outcome but stayed focused on Man City in midweek. The 32-year-old got a hand to Kane’s penalty in the 57th minute but couldn’t keep it out.
“It’s a disappointing 2-2 draw for us in the end because we did extremely well in the first half,” Blaswich said. “The second half was difficult, especially because we conceded the equalizer right after a corner for us.” We can’t let that happen.
“I chose the right corner on the penalty, but it wasn’t enough.” Kane nailed it too hard. Once again, the game’s conclusion was suspenseful. We will now analyze the game and ready to play again against Manchester City on Wednesday.”
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