Leipzig has recovered well from setbacks at Manchester United and Paris, and showed that last season's semi-final appearance was not necessarily a one-off.
campaign so far
H Group runner-up : W4 D0 L2 F11 A12
Lake King of : Angelino (3)
20/10 : Leipzig 2-0 Basaksehir (Angelino 16, 20)
28/10 : Man. United 5-0 Leipzig
04/11 : Leipzig 2-1 Paris (Nkunku 42, Forsberg 57pen)
24/11 : Paris 1-0 Leipzig
02/12 : Basaksehir 3-4 Leipzig (Poulsen 26, Mukiele 43, Olmo 66, Sørtloth 90 + 2)
08/12 : Leipzig 3-2 men . Unified (Angeliño 2, Haidara 13, Kluivert 69)
Ten-word campaigns : Arrogant newcomers are black horses again after finding their way in the tough group.
UEFA.com correspondent's opinion
He took heavy hits in Leipzig, Manchester and Paris that threatened knockout hopes, but the path to qualifying from this test group was always within reach. While the ground was prepared with two tough victories against Başakşehir', the winner of extra time against İstanbul', the wins against hosts Paris and United' made a difference. Second, it was a show defined by courage and character, especially in the all-or-nothing showdown in the last 16'
Jordan Maciel, Leipzig correspondent
what we learned
Having more experience after debuting last season, Leipzig has further increased its run rate. Their intense, high pressure was unbeatable in the group stage; Bekler is extremely adventurous and makes Leipzig' very difficult to defend, but United and Paris used Leipzig''s willingness to take risks. Connoisseurs of fast-paced action will count down the nights until they take on Liverpool.
In : Dominik Szoboszlai
out : Dennis Borkowski, Eric Martel, Tim Schreiber, Philipp Tschauner
• Leipzig's brawler style is also reflected in their statistics: In the group stage, they made the most interceptions with an average of 22.2 per game.
• Julian Nagelsmann's team's aggression might be better than theirs: they also fouled more per game (18.5) than any other team in this fall's group stage.
• They don't need the ball much; Of the clubs in the last 16', only Atalanta, Lazio, Mönchengladbach and Porto had less average group stage than Leipzig'.
Who is authorized?
Known for his precocity and sartorial acuity, the 33-year-old Nagelsmann was widely praised for leading Leipzig to the fourth final of the UEFA Champions League during his first term in charge of 2019/20 – placing third in the UEFA Men's Coach of the Year award. .