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Nagelsmann: Werner’s absence won’t affect us against Atletico

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Even without Timo Werner, RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann is confident his side still boasts enough quality to score goals against Atletico.

Julian Nagelsmann will be unable to call on prolific Timo Werner when his side lock horns with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Thursday.

The German completed a €50m deal to join Premier League side Chelsea in June.

Rather than complete the current Champions League campaign with Leipzig, Werner said he preferred to join his new teammates instead.

Given his goalscoring numbers this season, it would be a humongous task for the Bundesliga side to replace the forward.

A tally of 34 goals for the club in all competitions saw Werner finish the season as one of the most prolific forwards in Europe.

Despite his absence, Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann insists his side still boasts enough quality for goal threats.

“We don’t have to play outnumbered, we will replace [Werner] with a capable player,” Nagelsmann told a pre-match news conference as quoted by Goal.

“I can reveal that 11 will start the game, but I will not reveal who will play instead of him. We have quality.

“Timo would have started tomorrow, but we can replace him and we have the ability to get in front of their goal.

“We have players who didn’t play when Werner was here and will now get their chance to show what they can do and score plenty.”

Nagelsmann has already voiced out that Leipzig will play with confidence against Atletico Madrid.