Julian Nagelsmann Becomes Youngest Manager To Reach Champions League Semi Final
Julian Nagelsmann and RB Leipzig shocked Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, to reach the semi-final for the first time.
Tyler Adam's 88th minute strike gave the Germans a deserved 2-1 lead against Simeone's team who have twice reached the final of the competition in the past six years.
Leipzig, who were only founded 11 years ago, will now take on PSG in the semi final next Tuesday. It's an incredible achievement for the club but mainly for their manager, who only turned 33 in July and was born just months before Simeone made his professional debut in 1987.
Formed 11 years ago, RB Leipzig are now preparing for a Champions League semi-final :fire:- Football on BT Sport #Club2020 (@btsportfootball) August 13, 2020
Incredible drama! Julien Nagelsmann is over the moon!
Simeone looks crestfallen...#Club2020 pic.twitter.com/JERtKmsgSt
Diego Simeone made his professional debut in the same year that Julian Nagelsmann was born- The Sack Race (@thesackrace) August 13, 2020
The Leipzig manager has just beaten him, and taken his side into the Champions League semi-final for the first time in the club's history... :clap:#RBLATM
Four and a bit years ago Julian Nagelsmann was coaching Hoffenheim Under-19s. Now he's guided RB Leipzig into the semi-finals of the Champions League, outwitting Diego Simeone. Tactically smart, bold, sets the right mood and tempo amongst his players. And he's only 33. #RBLATL- Henry Winter (@henrywinter) August 13, 2020
Julian Nagelsmann. Only 33 and has taken a team to the Champions League semi finals. And RB Leipzig had to do it tonight v Atletico without their departed star striker Timo Werner. Some going- James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) August 13, 2020
Julian Nagelsmann is the youngest coach ever to coach a team in the Champions League semi-finals now. The legend continues! Possibility of 3 German coaches in the semi-finals.- Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) August 13, 2020
Nagelsmann knocking out Mourinho and Simeone. The death of anti-football :heart_eyes:- ∞ (@TheFalseNein) August 13, 2020
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Losing arguably your best player & best goalscorer but reconfiguring the team in a few weeks to deservedly get them through to a Champions League semi-final, is a phenomenal coaching achievement.- Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) August 13, 2020
Julian Nagelsmann - take a bow :clap::clap::clap:
Can understand the lack of enthusiasm for RB-PSG. Still, bit mad for me, that back in 2007, Thomas Tuchel coached a 20-year-old Julian Nagelsmann at Augsburg's second team. Nagelsmann then went on to then work as a scout for him. And now they meet in a Champions League semi. https://t.co/4DOjk8ul26- Archie Rhind-Tutt (@archiert1) August 13, 2020
A cagey first half finished 0-0 but Daniel Olmo's brilliant header broke the deadlock for the Bundesliga side, after an impressive team move, after 50 minutes.
Joao Felix was fouled in the box and the substitute got up off the floor to equalise from the spot on 71 minutes, before Adams goal just before injury time settled it.
Leipzig were only created in 2009 and played their first season in the Bundesliga in 2016/17. This season is only their second in the Champions League, and the first they've got past the Group Stages.
They topped a group that included Lyon, Benfica and Zenit St Petersburg and then knocked out Jose Mourinho's Spurs 4-0 on aggregate in the Last 16.
Their win over Atleti sets up a huge semi final against PSG as both sides attempt to qualify for the final of the competition for the first time.
The German's doing it all without Timo Werner, who has moved to Chelsea, makes their achievement on Thursday night even more incredible.
Who will go through, Leipzig or PSG? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.