Julian Nagelsmann says he wants to “say goodbye with the title” after RB Leipzig secured a spot in the German DFB-Pokal final following a 2-1 extra-time win over Werder Bremen in Friday’s semi-final.
Nagelsmann confirmed during the week that he would be joining Bayern Munich next season, ending his two-year tenure at Leipzig.
Leipzig were Champions League semi-finalists last season and finished Nagelsmann’s debut season in third in the Bundesliga but he has not won any silverware for the club.
The Red Bulls appear destined to finish runners-up in this season’s Bundesliga campaign but Nagelsmann is eyeing off a winning farewell in the DFB-Pokal.
“I would like to say goodbye with the title,” Nagelsmann said. “We hope that we play a good cup final.
“When you see how the guys work so hard after such a turbulent week, of course it’s great.”
Emil Forsberg struck a late winner at the end of extra time after a scoreless 90 minutes to send Leipzig into the final against either Borussia Dortmund or Holstein Kiel.
Hwang Hee-chan had opened the scoring for Leipzig before Leonardo Bittencourt swooped on an error to equalise.
“At the end of the day, the close matches are the best wins,” Nagelsmann said.
“It was very emotional and that releases more energy. The boys fought and gave everything.
“The turbulent week had no effect, everyone on the pitch saw that today. The boys had their hearts in the right place and deservedly won.”