RB Leipzig was nervous in Champions League opener, says coach

RB Leipzig suffered from nerves, but coach Ralph Hasenhuttl was happy to draw with Monaco.

RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was a happy man after his side drew with last year's semifinalist AS Monaco on Wednesday night.   -  Bongarts

RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl admits his side was nervous during its Champions League debut, but the Austrian was satisfied with a point against Monaco.

The German side was held by last season's semifinalist Monaco in a rather cagey 1-1 draw in the Group G clash on Wednesday.

Emil Forsberg's spectacular first-half strike had given Leipzig the lead in front of a sold-out Red Bull Arena, but the host was pegged back almost immediately when Youri Tielemans levelled two minutes later.

The newcomer had the better opportunities to win the game with Timo Werner and Jean-Kevin Augustin both going close, and Hasenhuttl conceded his side was not ruthless enough.

"We can live with the point even if we didn't give them much to work with," Hasenhuttl said, via UEFA. "We kept them quiet and created a lot of chances ourselves. But when you take our performance in the context of our UEFA Champions League debut you could see there were a few nerves on the ball and we weren't as ruthless in taking the risks in the final third.

"I opted against throwing on an extra attacker to avoid risking potentially conceding again ourselves against a very dangerous opponent. However, we're satisfied with the point."

Tielemans, an off-season signing from Anderlecht, was happy to get on the scoresheet, but believes his side could have won the game.

"I think we had the chances to score a second as they left a lot of space in behind,” he said. "We should have exploited those situations better. It was a very physical match and I think what we did was decent."

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