RB Leipzig have kept alive their remote German Bundesliga title hopes with a 4-2 win at FC Koln although boss Julian Nagelsmann says they needed to wake up from their slumber to do so.
Leipzig trailed 1-0 early after a Jhon Andres Cordoba strike in the seventh minute, but responded with first-half goals from Patrik Schick and Christopher Nkunku.
Timo Werner netted his 24th league goal of the campaign to make it 3-1 on 50 minutes, before both sides traded goals from Anthony Modeste and Daniel Olmo.
“It was a strange game with lots of ups and downs,” Nagelsmann said.
“We were a bit sleepy before they scored. We didn’t defend as well as we can. Overall, I think we could play better.”
Bayern are the clear title favourites, especially given Leipzig play second-placed Borussia Dortmund in the penultimate round, but Nagelsmann was happy they kept their hopes alive.
“It’s hard to summarise things at the moment,” he said. “A win was important for the table.
“Coming from behind was important too. It wasn’t easy, but we deserved to win.”
Nagelsmann also addressed talk about Werner’s impending departure, with speculation heavily linking him with a move to Liverpool.
“If he leaves for the next season there would be a big gap,” Nagelsmann said.
“It’s like if Robert Lewandowski leaves Bayern Munich. Nobody shouts ‘hooray!’ there either, I think.
“They’re clearly weakened then, and it’s the same with us. That we’d like to keep him is completely normal.”
Next weekend, leaders Bayern have a difficult away fixture at fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen in the standout fixture.