Title target for Leipzig’s Werner

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RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann says his side paid the price for failing to take their chances as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat against Lyon.

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner insists his side are genuine title contenders this season.

The Germany international grabbed what proved to be the winner as Leipzig moved to the top of the Bundesliga with a 3-2 win at promoted Paderborn on Saturday.

Borussia Monchengladbach could move ahead of Die Roten Bullen if they beat Freiburg on Sunday.

Bayern Munich have dominated Germany’s top flight in recent years and the Allianz Arena outfit are seeking an eighth straight league crown this season, but they sit fourth and are three points adrift of Leipzig after 13 games.

Werner, who has 13 goals in as many Bundesliga appearances this season, is convinced his side can go all the way and take the top prize at the end of the campaign.

“We’re up there now, we’re up in the top group. We don’t want to relax at all, we want to be German champions,” Werner told the Bundesliga website. “Our goal is for us to be among the top teams until the and, and we’ll see what comes of it.”

RB Leipzig were founded in May 2009 and won promotion to the top tier of German football in the 2015-16 season.

In their first season in the Bundesliga Leipzig finished in second spot and last year they came in third, finishing 12 points adrift of champions Bayern and 10 behind Borussia Dortmund in second place.