RB Leipzig, in its current form, was founded just 11 years ago after Red Bull’s billionaire founder took over German fifth division team SSV Markrastadt and the team has climbed the football ladder ever since.
“Great emotions for the club and our team. As a manager you have to look forward,” said 33-year-old RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann after the game against BT Sport.
“We have to prepare for the next game. There isn’t much time to celebrate, but maybe we’ll have a beer in the hotel and focus on PSG.”
“The club (RB Leipzig) has been developing very quickly since then. We reached the Bundesliga and qualified for the Champions League three times. We are still in the Champions League. The progress is faster than usual.”
Atletico Madrid may have been a minor favorite in the game against its German opponent, but the Spanish team failed to impress.
It may have played without striker Angel Correa and defender Sime Vrsaljkowho, who both tested positive for the coronavirus but had enough experience on the pitch to put in a better performance.
The introduction of Felix in the second half seemed to give Atletico new impetus, but the 20-year-old’s converted penalty ended up being worthless.
With the game seemingly destined for extra time, Adams’ speculative late shot made a bad deflection from Stefan Savic to end the tie in 90 minutes – sending RB Leipzig to the first semi-final of the Champions League.
Adams, who has made 10 appearances for the US national team, moved from New York Red Bulls to Leipzig in January 2019. He becomes the first American to score in the quarter-finals of the Champions League with what was his first goal for the club.
“Now it’s about recovering properly, getting mentally fit and working on the game plan,” Adams told BT Sport after the game.
“We have confidence in ourselves, you saw that today.”