Reiss Nelson has revealed that a tip from coach Julian Nagelsmann led to him opening the scoring for Hoffenheim as they beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 at the BayArena.
The England under-21 international caught the home side off guard when he collected a short corner, took one touch and curled into the top corner from the left side of the box.
It was the 18-year-old’s fifth goal in six Bundesliga appearances and afterwards, he explained how the goal came about…somewhat self-deprecatingly.
“I spoke to the coach [Julian Nagelsmann] before the game and he said they sleep on corners,” he told the Independent.
“So I thought it was a great opportunity for me to go short. I saw the space and no one attacked me. I thought: ‘I’m gonna go forward and have a shot here.
“It’s just one of those ones which you hit and you hope for it to go in. Luckily it went into the top corner.”
Reiss Nelson, stop that 😳😱
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Nelson was again asked what it is about Germany that seems to be bringing out the best in him. While the attacker was named Premier League 2 player of the season, he couldn’t carry his goals and assists into first-team action.
“It’s just that I’m getting an opportunity to play and that’s the main thing,” he reflected.
“Once you’re a young player and you’re getting an opportunity to play, I think if you’re good enough, it just gives you the confidence to go on.”