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Bullish Julian Nagelsmann may yet go out with a bang at Hoffenheim | Andy Brassell | Football

“The teams surrounding us are consistently playing good football. We’re trying our best to climb the table and if they bend, then we’ll attack.” Since coming into the Bundesliga Julian Nagelsmann has never been backward in coming forward, and there’s no sign he’s planning to start now. His days at Hoffenheim are numbered and despite his side’s defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt six weeks ago standing alone as their sole loss in the last 11, they still have their hands full in order to get themselves back into European competition.Yet with time ticking towards the date of his long-since agreed departure to RB Leipzig, there’s no suggestion that Nagelsmann’s eye is wandering just yet. His Hoffenheim have been the dictionary definition of implicated this season, reflecting his burning desire to go out with a bang, reinventing themselves while playing with the same level of enterprise they’ve always displayed under his stewardship. They’ve not been faultless, certainly, and there has always been the sense that they might do better stymying the ambitions of others this season than fulfilling their own.European roundup: PSG hammered by Lille while Bayern go back to top Read more There were moments against Hertha Berlin on Sunday in which they looked slick, irresistible. There were others, in their profligacy – and they “should have killed off the game much sooner” in the words of Arsenal loanee Reiss Nelson, who scored the clinching second, his first goal since mid-November after an early-season glut – in which it was clear why they haven’t made a top four place theirs. Not yet, anyway.After Eintracht’s surprise home loss to Augsburg a Champions League place is still a possibility, even if it would take an optimist to really believe in it (they are five points behind fourth as it stands). They are increasingly likely, though, to have at least something to show for this campaign’s efforts, which have taken in a thrilling if ultimately unrewarded maiden Champions League campaign, mixing it with and inconveniencing relative competition cornerstones in Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk and Lyon.What’s increasingly clear is that Nagelsmann himself is nailed on to get a second crack at the Champions League next season. Twenty-four hours earlier, 460km to the north-east of Sinsheim in his future home of Leipzig, the team that waits for him under the steady guiding hand of Ralf Rangnick had continued their steady march back towards Europe’s premier competition with an impressive 2-0 win over Wolfsburg, extending their own unbeaten Bundesliga run to 11. Goals by Kevin Kampl and Timo Werner were pretty enough but defender Ibrahima Konaté hit the nail on the head when he spoke glowingly about his team’s 15th clean sheet of the season, a mark of this young team’s pragmatism and maturity, as well as underlining Leipzig’s status as the Bundesliga’s best defence.Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN)🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 @ReissNelson9 celebrates his first goal of 2019 for Hoffenheim ⚽#TSGBSC 2-0 pic.twitter.com/F1GNt1cVR3April 14, 2019“While the 4-2 win against Bayer Leverkusen was a result of will and passion,” wrote Leipziger Volkszeitung’s Anton Zirk, “Die Roten Bullen bristled with tactical discipline and, with the exception of the final part of the match, efficiency.” They were so organised, in fact, that the absences of the excellent midfielder Tyler Adams and under-the-weather top scorer Yussuf Poulsen barely merited a mention. Emil Forsberg’s return to fitness and form has been handy but the strengths of this Leipzig team are very much collective. They are a tribute to Rangnick, with some voices even mischievously suggesting that maybe Nagelsmann isn’t even required, with everything going so well under the current regime.That seems a touch on the glib side to these ears but there’s little doubt that Nagelsmann, in any rare moments allowing...

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