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Saul: A German's nightmare

Saul's stock is high in Germany.

The Atletico Madrid man will come up against Bundesliga opposition in the Champions League quarter-finals on August 13.

Two of Saul's most important goals for Los Rojiblancos have come against German clubs in the Champions League.

The first, a sensational solo strike against Bayern Munich at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, set Los Rojiblancos on their way to reaching the 2016 final in Milan.

Saul dribbled past Thiago, Xabi Alonso and Bernat before curling the ball around David Alaba and past Manuel Neuer in the Bayern goal.

"It might be the most beautiful goal I've scored, but it's definitely the most important," Saul would go on to declare.

"I'd already beaten two opponents and I wanted to compose myself in the area and shoot at goal.

"I was lucky that I got there just before the defender. I had the goal in my sights."

A year later, Saul netted another screamer against Bayer Leverkusen, this time in the last 16 rather than the last four.

The Atletico No.8 burst past Kevin Kampl on the right wing, cut inside and launched a curling shot that found the far top corner from the edge of the box.

It was during an away match at Leverkusen in 2015 that Saul suffered a kick to the kidneys that almost ended his career.

"The Bayer goal was very important for me," Saul said.

"I'd had an accident there, and I was nervous and scared about going.

"It was a special liberation in that sense."

Leipzig will certainly be wary of Saul's qualities ahead of their meeting in Lisbon.

"Saul is a superior player," head coach Julian Nagelsmann told Bild recently.