RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl cut a proud figure after the 4-1 win over Monaco on Tuesday and claimed it was their best Champions League performance to date.
The Bundesliga outfit were 2-0 ahead after only nine minutes after Jemerson’s own goal and Timo Werner’s successful penalty. Werner then netted his second in the 31st minute for a 3-0 lead. Radamel Falcao reduced the deficit but Naby Keita bagged Leipzig’s fourth goal on the stroke of half-time.
Hasenhuttl’s charges are third in Group G with one game left, but level on points with second-placed Porto and could still finish above them and qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
“I can say without exaggeration that this is our best performance in the Champions League,” Hasenhuttl told his post-match press conference. “We started as I wanted, making beautiful transitions.
“We knew the result in Istanbul [1-1 between Besiktas and Porto]. A Besiktas victory would have been better for us. But we stayed very focused on our game.
“From now on we no longer have our destiny in hand. But we are sure to play in Europe in 2018.
“And I can also promise that we will win our last match. We can be proud of our efforts.”