A little shine, but ice cold in front of the goal and plenty of help from the referee: RB Leipzig celebrated in 4: 2 (2: 1) victory at Hertha BSC the fourth mandatory game succession and consolidated with merciless efficiency the top spot in the Bundesliga.
"It also means that you do not always play with a fine blade," said RB coach Julian Nagelsmann after the "battle" in the Berlin Olympic Stadium. "It does not really matter to us whether we play with a fine blade or with a blunt blade, the main thing is to win," said the coach after his team had shot out their fourth victory in the fourth Bundesliga game at Hertha.
The players looked the same. "It was not our best game, but we are now scoring from almost every chance," said striker Yussuf Poulsen. "We work well as a team against the ball. Then it is difficult for any team to play out chances against us," said again strong Marcel Sabitzer.
The Austrian had scored the important goal 2-1 for RB shortly before half-time with a deflected shot. The Leipzig did not have many chances, but Timo Werner (38th hand penalty / 90. + 1) and Kevin Kampl (86th) used the few opportunities rigorously.
Werner: We were lucky enough to be on our side
For Poulsen, the crisis talks with Nagelsmann and sports director Markus KrOsche two weeks ago after the defeat in Freiburg were decisive. Then the team put the series with four wins and 20-5 goals. "We suddenly had that greed again," said Poulsen. And Nagelsmann also saw in his team against Hertha the "greed, which she has already shown in the victories against Wolfsburg and Mainz".
However, at the decisive moments, the referee SOren Storks (Velen) was also at the helm. Before the hand penalty to 1: 1 by Werner Hertas Karim Rekik the ball jumped from the shortest distance to the hand – a fair, but also hard decision to video evidence. In the 73rd minute Leipzig's Konrad Laimer Hertas Niklas Stark broke his nose in a duel in his own duel with one blow and got the ball even against the hand. Here Storks renounced on video evidence and penalty.
"Maybe we were lucky on our side today," Werner guessed. The national player was once again among the assets of his team and scored his season goals number ten and eleven. Surprisingly, he was also penalized and not Emil Forsberg. "We have a candidate circle in the square, which clarifies this among themselves," said Nagelsmann and was extremely satisfied with the choice of the shooter.